Mystery Sonatas c Anne Van Aerschot4

Rosas opens the international guest artist series at Dance House Helsinki 15.-16.6.

Rosas opens the international guest artist series at Dance House Helsinki 15.-16.6.


Dance, live baroque music and skilful lighting design come together in Belgian choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker's new work Mystery Sonatas / for Rosa. The performance will take place in Dance House Helsinki's Erkko Hall 15.-16.6.

The monumental work, which is linked to the theme of resistance, brings together baroque music and contemporary dance. Composed around 1676 by Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber, the Mystery Sonatas are a rarely performed baroque music entity that will be interpreted by Gli Incogniti that is led by the internationally renowned violinist Amandine de Beyer. Gli Incogniti carries six young top dancers through the sonatas.

The mystery of music and movement is intertwined with the skilful stage and lighting design by Minna Tiikkainen, a Finnish artist with a significant career in the European performing arts. Sculptural lighting, sound and dance form a complete work of art that opens the door to De Keersmaeker's enigmatic and contradictory choreographic world.

The work is also a tribute by the Rosas dance company to other Rosas. It is dedicated to courageous women of resistance - Rosa Bonheur, Rosa Luxemburg, Rosa Parks, Rosa Vergaelen and Rosa, the 15-year-old climate activist who died in the Belgian floods of 2021.

"Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker is part of the canon of contemporary dance and has left a major impact on the development of the art form as a whole. It is a great pleasure to have her new work in the Erkko Hall, and to be one of the first European venues that are performing the work. After the Dance House Helsinki's visit, the performance will continue to TanzImpuls in Austria and Montpellier Danse festival in France, among others," says Mikael Aaltonen, the Programme Manager of Dance House Helsinki.

The performance is part of the international guest artist series at Dance House Helsinki supported by the Jane and Aatos Erkko Foundation. The series will continue with a visit by Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch in November 2022 and Lyon Opera Ballet in spring 2023.

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Rosas: Mystery Sonatas / for Rosa
15.-16.6. at 19:00
Duration 2 h 15 min (no intermission)
Dance House Helsinki, Erkko Hall (Kaapeliaukio 3, 00180 Helsinki)
: 48-29 €,

On 16 June there will be artist talks with Minna Tiikkainen and Amandine Beyer.

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