The concentration it requires means her work is not for everybody; nevertheless, De Keersmaeker and her company Rosas have a numerous and loyal following throughout Europe and beyond, and are regular visitors to Sadler’s Wells.
The work they’re bringing this time is entitled: Mitten wir am Leben sind/Bach6Cellosuiten, which translates to 'While We’re Alive/ Six Cello Suites by Bach'.
As the name indicates, it is choreographed on the complete Cello Suites composed by Johan Sebastian Bach in the early years of the 18th century, which are today considered a landmark in the history of music. The English musician and critic Wilfrid Mellers described them as, ‘monophonic music wherein a man has created a dance of God.’
It’s not difficult to see why, in the precision of their baroque structure, Bach's six Cello Suites appealed to Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker. Mitten wir am Leben sind translates the very architecture of Bach's music into movement.
The five dancers of Rosas, intermittently joined by de Keersmaeker, herself still a very engaging dancer, enter into separate dialogues with the music played live on stage by the award-winning French cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras.
Sometimes there is music without dance; at other times, dance without music. The first few sections appear bitty perhaps, but all comes together and makes absolute sense in the final section, when all the performers dance their respective sequences simultaneously.
Wherever it’s been performed, Anna Teresa De Keersmaeker/Rosas and Jean-Guilen Queyras Mitten wir am Leben sind/Bach6Cellosuiten has attracted praise from the critics, with Katja Vaghi writing that is an ideal show ‘if you want to have a minimal yet meditative experience observing a work of art growing in front of your eyes.’
|What||De Keersmaeker/Rosas/Queyras/Mitten wir am Leben sind, Sadler’s Wells Preview|
|Where||Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, London, EC1R 4TN | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Angel (underground)|
24 Apr 19 – 25 Apr 19, 19:30 Dur.: 2 hours
|Price||£20 (+£3 booking fee)|
|Website||Click here to book via Sadler's Wells website|