You will hear my four-stringed lyre, tuned in fifteen different ways.
— Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber
After the thirty Goldberg variations written by Johann Sebastian Bach, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker continues her choreographic trajectory with the fifteen “Mystery” or “Rosary” sonatas, Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber’s best-known music.
Biber’s virtuosic sonatas are a musical translation of the fifteen Sacred Mysteries of the life of the Virgin Mary, which are usually recited with the help of a rosary—a chain of beads—making them fundamentally cyclical. Biber’s Mysteries are divided into three cycles: five joyful, five sorrowful, and five glorious. Intrinsically religious and narrative, they are at the same time an invitation to dance, including musical dance forms like gigues, allemandes, and courantes.
Attracted by the clarity of Biber’s structure and his numerological approach, De Keersmaeker examines the mystical and geometrical richness of this music and makes the sonatas her own in a choreography for six dancers. For this creation she renews her collaboration with violinist Amandine Beyer, with whom she previously made Partita 2 (2013) and The Six Brandenburg Concertos (2018). Beyer performs the Mystery Sonatas with her ensemble Gli Incogniti.
Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker
Cintia Sebők, Laura Maria Poletti, Mariana Miranda, Sophia Dinkel, Frank Gizycki, Jacob Storer, José Paulo dos Santos, Lav Crnčević, Mamadou Wagué, Rafael Galdino.
Mystery Sonatas, Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber
Diane Madden, Cynthia Loemij
Set and lighting design
Artistic coordination and planning
Anne Van Aerschot
Rosas & De Munt/La Monnaie (Brussels)
Concertgebouw (Bruges), De Munt / La Monnaie (Brussels), Dance Reflections by Van Cleef&Arpels
16.02.2022, Concertgebouw (Bruges)