music - Season 14/15
Four dirty, down and out, androgynous cowboys adopt the ritual poses from the Western genre. Gradually their actions come to resemble an odd kind of dance. In his films, photo series and installations, the Danish artist Joachim Koester focuses on telling long forgotten stories through the strategic use of editing and archiving.
From 2000 to 2005 Walter Hus composed his 24 Preludes and Fugues: six for solo piano and eighteen for two pianos. He played them at the Kaaistudios, together with the American pianist and composer Frederic Rzewski. Now, almost ten years later, Hus and Rzewski will be performing a selection from Hus’ Preludes and Fugues and Rzewski’s Winsboro Cotton Mill Blues.
The new project by Hans Petter Dahl and Anna Sophia Bonnema is a study of rhythm and expression, a journey in which a live drummer fires up three performers. A celebration of life results in an enumeration that cuts right through everything, in the realisation that we have to take our leave. We are living in a time when there is ‘an epidemic of things’.
WOTH is the first creation by Liesa Van der Aa, actress with Toneelhuis and musician. She sought and found inspiration in an ancient Egyptian ritual: after death the heart of the deceased is weighed on scales counterbalanced by the feather of truth. WOTH is an overwhelming musical performance for nine musicians, enhanced by video and animation on stage.
The 96 short works in Bach’s Das Wohltemperierte Klavier each have a profile, an individual character, their own dynamics and an individual time sequence. The musician Alain Franco sees them as a series of ‘novellas’ which he connects to each other by applying editing principles and so arrives at ‘a form that hovers somewhere between opera and novel’.