The two dancers could hardly be more different. Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, founder of the world-famous company Rosasis a master of structure that has inspired a whole generation of dancers. And so Boris Charmatz, a star of the younger generation acclaimed for his experimental and bold approach to dance and choreography. Both are used to directing large ensembles - here they meet as equals.

The work is named after Bach's celebrated violin suite. Part 2 in D minor. The violinist Amandine Beyer initially stands alone in the dark, inviting the audience into the musical world of Bach. This is followed by a trinity of movement, music and light. Together they create one of the most sublime encounters of the season: a 'pas de deux' for three soloists where the audience is invited to see with their ears, listen with their eyes and use all their senses.

For me Bach is structure, but his transcending dimension is written in the flesh," says De Keersmaeker. One of her recently developed principles, "my walking is my dancing," helps the structure of Bach's celebrated violin music emerge in dancing. A sense of thrift arises from deepening classical lines: l'Allemande will make us step, in la Courante we will run, in la Sarabande we will fold in various patterns, and the relentless Chaconne will let us run in circles jubilantly together!
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Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker
With a repertoire of over 40 works, Belgian choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker has made a monumental impact on contemporary dance. In 2015, she received the coveted Golden Lion award at the Venice Biennale for her lifetime achievement in dance. She founded the Rosas company in 1983, and since then they have toured the world, winning countless awards and honours and creating an impressive series of choreographic works. They last visited Dansens Hus in the spring of 2015 with Vortex Temporum. De Keersmaeker's legendary PARTS dance school in Brussels has inspired a whole generation of dancers.

Boris Charmatz
French dancer and choreographer Boris Charmatz has been acclaimed for his experimental and bold approach. He last visited Dansens Hus in the autumn of 2014 with nine adults and twelve children in the thought-provoking performance of Child, which questioned the everyday use of power by adults against children. Last May, he took over the Tate Modern in London with a hundred dancers to stage what the museum would look like if it were turned into a dance museum. France has 19 choreographic centres and Charmatz himself is director of the one in the city of Rennes, which he has renamed the Musée de la danse.


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