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Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus

Arguably the greatest living choreographer in the world, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker presents her own version of Bach’s six Cello Suites, on July 2 at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus.

A hymn to contemporary dance. A love letter to the iconic work of Bach.. A unique performance described by critics as the “ideal marriage between Bach and Rosas” and “a sublime moment of grace and beauty”.

The Athens Festival audience had the opportunity to enjoy works by Keersmaeker in the past, such as the Rosas danst Rosas and The Song performances in 2009. However, this performance marks the first time that the Rosas group appears at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, after Keersmaker expressed a strong desire to perform at the iconic venue. Keersmaeker will dance together with other four members of her group, in a performance honoring Pina Bausch (1949 – 2009). The title refers to “Mitten wir im Leben sind mit dem Tod umfangen” (In the midst of life we are in death), Martin Luther’s German translation of a Latin hymn, words which have also been engraved on the tombstone of Pina Bausch.

The Belgian artist founded Rosas in 1983 and has been praised worldwide for her unique, distinctive choreographic style. In 1995, she founded the dance school P.A.R.T.S. (Performing Arts Research and Training Studios) in Brussels. She has numerous accolades to her name, including a Bessie Award (1987), Grand Prix de la Danse de Montréal (2012), the Venice Biennale Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement (2014), and is also Commandeur de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (2008) in France.

Joining her on the stage of the Odeon is the great French cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras, acclaimed for his musical virtuosity. Critics have described him as a soloist who “performs as he breathes.” Queyras, a world-renowned cellist who has been collaborating with major artists for several years, is a regular collaborator of Freiburger Barockorchester and Akadamie für Alte Musik in Berlin, and Carnegie Hall in New York City.

For more information, please visit the official site of the Athens Epidaurus Festival.

Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus

02/07/2019 - 02/07/2019

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Date: 2 July 2019 Location: Odeon of Herodes Atticus

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