Music by Johann Sebastian Bach
The Bavarian State Ballet expresses the emotional essence of compositions by Johann Sebastian Bach by means of virtuoso dancing. The choreography Multiplicity. Forms of Silence and Emptiness
was created in 1999 in Weimar as part of the city’s programme as “Cultural Capital” of Europe. It is inspired by life and work of Johann Sebastian Bach and interprets his music through the idiom of contemporary dance.
The renowned Spanish choreographer Nacho Duato has translated the powerful baroque compositions of J. S. Bach, among them excerpts from the Brandenburg Concertos
, sonatas for violin or cello as well as concertos for organ, into a rich, naturally fluent movement language. Music made visible. In addition to the central role of the composer genius the dancer personify all sorts of instruments, musical phrases and elements of composition. In 23 scenes the dancers present the artistic process of creation of Johann Sebastian Bach, relating it to decisive moments in his life. Change of costumes and scenery correspond to the diversity of mood and atmosphere in the pieces selected from Bach’s works.
Deliberately Nacho Duato has decided that the music will not be played by an orchestra so that – according to the title – the diversity of various artistic interpretations of musicians, conductors and of course dancers will be preserved and so emphasize that each period of life is different from the previous one. How audible can be silence and does empty space perhaps means something very different from emptiness, from void?