A woman, a man, a violin and 27 minutes of music. Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, the grande dame of contemporary dance, has a date with her French colleague Boris Charmatz. Together they listen to, question, dance to Johann Sebastian Bach’s masterpiece and enter the complex, contrapuntal gravitational field of the Partita No. 2: a suite of transcendent dance movements that climax in the final ciaccona into 32 variations. “Everything dances in Bach’s Partita”, raves De Keersmaeker, “gigue, courante, allemande. All of them musical structures primarily derived from folk dances.” And Boris Chramatz adds: “Bach is often considered to be a highly abstract composer, but in the Partita, and especially in the chaconne, there is something physical, oversensitive.” Violinist Amandine Beyer, who is specialized in authentic sound, performs live on stage – thus helping to create one of the currently most exciting encounters in dance: a pas de deux for three soloists.

Choreography: Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker * Dance: Boris Charmatz, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker * Violin: Amandine Beyer * Music: Johann Sebastian Bach: Partita No. 2 d-moll BWV 1004.