Tuesday, 23 April 2019

Bach & Dance - 'Mitten wir im Leben sind/Bach6Cellosuiten' at Sadler's Wells

Rosas - Bach6Cellosuiten - (Photo Anne Van Aerschot)
Rosas - Bach6Cellosuiten - (Photo Anne Van Aerschot)
Bach's Cello Suites are full of dance-inspired music from the general style of each movement (Allemande, Courante, Sarabande) to the rhythmic detail of the music, though Bach would certainly not have expected anyone to dance to them. This was instrumental music which took dance as its starting point.

On 24 & 25 April 2019 at Sadler's Wells Theatre there is an intriguing opportunity to hear the suites as dance when Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s internationally-renowned dance company Rosas presents the UK Premiere of Mitten wir im Leben sind/Bach6Cellosuiten. In the piece, French cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras takes centre stage to perform the suites, whilst dancers are pitted to Bach’s music to interrogate ideas of mortality and redemption, and he plays all the suites in numerical order, a rare chance to hear all six of them. Mitten wir im Leben sind/Bach6Cellosuiten (“in the midst of life”) is an attempt to visualise the essence of Bach’s timeless music.

Further information from the Sadler's Wells website.

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