music - Season 12/13
In MCBTH, director Guy Cassiers continues his ‘anatomy of power’. Macbeth is one of Shakespeare’s darkest plays. The intense interaction of word, image and music reveals the cruel poetry of the play.
The performances and installations by Gisèle Vienne shift the boundaries between appearance and reality and so open ‘another’ world. In The Pyre it consists of a dancer and a boy, in a metropolis at night. Abstract dance, tableau vivant and theatrical narration to a fascinating soundscape.
Drumming (1998) is undoubtedly one of Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s most fascinating choreographic works: a dazzling dance set to a powerful score for percussion by Steve Reich, performed. The Ictus Ensemble bring this compelling score to life with breath-taking precision. Drumming is a stunning journey, a wave of pure dance and pure sound, a vortex of life energy.
Following radical adaptations that include La Divina Commedia and The Old Testament, FC Bergman now turns to another literary classic, the epic animal poem Van den vos Reynaerde (Reynard the Fox). Liesa Van der Aa and Solistenensemble Kaleidoskop put this journey/quest to music. Josse De Pauw provides the words. Dirk Roofthooft, Viviane De Muynck and Gregory Frateur also participate.
Ictus commissioned a series of compositions lasting no longer than a 45-rpm record, to be played by a chamber ensemble with rock instruments. How do composers deal with this? Michaël Levinas, Georges Aperghis, Eva Reiter and Jean-Luc Fafchamps have taken on the challenge of this delicate balancing act. Their new work will be flanked by revivals from the first festival.