Mitten wir im Leben sind/Bach6Cellosuiten

Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, Jean-Guihen Queyras/Rosas

Johann Sebastian Bach’s Cello Suites are considered a milestone in the history of Western music. The intellectual and architectural elements continue to evoke contemporary appeal, with their rhythmic vitality and melodic intricacy. Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s affinity with Bach was already apparent in several previous creations, and she continues to pursue a choreographic écriture that captures the essence of Bach’s musical language. In this production, Bach’s score, performed in its totality by the world-renowned cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras, is faceted, challenged, and performed through a choreography for three male and two female dancers, De Keersmaeker herself one of them. Both the individual character of the six suites and their mutual interconnections emerge from this riveting symbiosis of music and dance.

Choreography
Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker

Cello 
Jean-Guihen Queyras

Created with and danced by
Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, Marie Goudot, Michaël Pomero, Julien Monty, Boštjan Antončič

Music
Johann Sebastian Bach
6 Cello Suites, BWV 1007 to 1012

Costumes
An D’Huys

Lighting design
Luc Schaltin

Production
Rosas

Coproduction
De Munt / La Monnaie (Brussels), Ruhrtriennale, Concertgebouw Brugge, Le Théâtre de la Ville avec le Festival d’Automne à Paris, Sadler’s Wells (London), Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg, Opéra de Lille, Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele, Elbphilharmonie (Hamburg), Montpellier Danse 2018

World Premiere
26 August 2017, Ruhrtriennale