The Goldberg Variations, BVW 988

Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker

Sep 6th - 7th, 2022
Sur une scène noire, une danseuse vêtue d’une robe noire avec un profond col en V pointe du doigt vers la gauche, ses pieds nus la menant dans la direction opposée avec, derrière elle, un jeune homme jouant du piano.
Sep 6th - 7th, 2022
Sadler's Wells,
Partner — Sadler's Wells
Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker

In 2022, Dance Reflections by Van Cleef & Arpels is supporting Sadler’s Wells for the presentation of The Goldberg Variations, BVW 988, by Anne Teresa De Keersemaeker.

The Goldberg Variations are from Bach’s late period, in which the composer pushes the boundaries of musical themes in a play of variations, canons and fugues. He started from a simple and quiet melody, joined with an underlying bass line, which steadily unfolds into a musical cosmos that reveals itself with extraordinary variety and unparalleled complexity.

Together with pianist Pavel Kolesnikov, choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker continues her journey with Bach. Her previous work with Bach’s The Six Brandenburg Concertos had a large cast, this piece is pared back to a solo performance danced by De Keersmaeker herself. In doing so, she stays true to the same principle of the musical score as the blueprint for choreography.

Spanning no less than one aria and thirty variations, the music challenges the choreography to a similar exercise in width: to find a form of dance capable of adaptation and flexibility while retaining an immutable core. To De Keersmaeker, it is above all an invitation to consolidate the road travelled as an artist, posing today’s questions in her ongoing search for a personal choreographic idiom.

Photo: © Anne Van Aerschot

- The Goldberg Variations, BWV 988

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Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker

In 2022, Dance Reflections by Van Cleef & Arpels is supporting  choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker for the presentation of her new creation Forêt, presented during the Festival d'Automne in Paris.

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