Rosas revives Bartók / Beethoven / Schönberg

Published on 12.06.2019, 10:44

On 19 June 2019 the revival of Bartók / Beethoven / Schönberg will premiere at the Kaaitheater in Brussels.
On this repertory evening, Rosas brings together three early works by Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker. In 1986, De Keersmaeker first ventured into the terrain of contemporary classical music with Bartók's string quartet Quartet No. 4. In a choreography punctuated by both playful and combative accents, De Keersmaeker took on the task of distilling a dance score out of Bartók's complex rhythms and layered harmonies. In the Grosse Fuge (1992), De Keersmaeker sets out to find a male vocabulary, with Rosas’ dancers challenging gravity in a piece that sought to provide a physical translation of Beethoven's ingenious use of counterpoint. The final piece of the evening, Verklärte Nacht (1995), presents a shamelessly romantic love story, in which the contrasting feelings of a man and a woman are dissected and interpreted in an expressive duet/trio based on Schönberg's eponymous musical score. Each of the three pieces constitutes a choreographic response to a specific historical score, unveiling De Keersmaeker's penchant for both abstract conceptualisation and narrative composition.

In Brussels the music will be performed live. The Ictus ensemble will interpret the Quartet No. 4 and the Grosse Fuge, while the Brussels Philharmonic will play Verklärte Nacht under the baton of Alain Franco.

The performances will take place from 19 to 27 June at the Kaaitheater in Brussels, in collaboration with De Munt / La Monnaie. Afterwards Bartók / Beethoven / Schönberg will tour Europe.