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Contemporary dance and baroque music in the 2020s: the Mystery Sonatas / for Rosa

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  • Discussion with Amandine Beyer & Marianna Henriksson

    16.6. around 21.30, after the performance of Mystery Sonatas / for Rosa. Free admission.

How do baroque music and contemporary dance discuss and enhance each other?

Exploring the relationship between music and movement has always been an interest of Belgian choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker. In Mystery Sonatas / for Rosa, choreography enters into an alliance with the Mystery Sonatas composed around 1676 by the Baroque composer Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber. Rarely performed as a whole, the work is interpreted by the baroque music ensemble Gli Incogniti. The group of five musicians is led by Amandine Beyer, a French violinist renowned for her expertise in Baroque violin repertoire.

In a discussion with the artist, Ms Beyer explains the role of baroque music in the work and introduces the background to the Mystery Sonatas. She will be joined by Finnish harpsichordist Marianna Henriksson. Henriksson is also known for her versatile work in the dialogue between early music and new dance, especially with choreographer Anna Mustonen. Henriksson and Mustonen's work, which was recognised with the 2018 State Prize for Performing Arts, will continue when Eros premieres at Erkko Hall in October 2022, bringing together five dancers, five singers and eight musicians from the Finnish Baroque Orchestra.

The talk is held in English.

Read more about Amandine Beyer

Rosas: Mystery Sonatas / for Rosa

Amandine Beyer


Amandine Beyer is recognized as a reference in the interpretation of the baroque violin repertoire. Her recording of the Sonatas & Partitas by J. S. Bach in 2012, has been awarded the best international critics (Diapason d’or de l’année, Choc de Classica de l’année, Editor’s choice de Gramophone, Prix Academie Charles Cros, Excepcional de Scherzo....). The work in this masterpiece is being continued with the performance "Partita 2", choreographed and danced by Anne Theresa de Keersmaeker and Boris Charmatz.

She plays regularly in the most important halls and festivals worldwide (Théatre du Chatelet, Festival de Sablé, Innsbruck Festwochen, Konzerthaus de Viena...). She shares her time between between different music ensembles were she takes part off : les Cornets Noirs, the duos with Pierre Hantai, Kristian Bezuidenhout or Laurance Beyer and her own ensemble: Gli Incogniti.

Her other passion is teaching, giving lessons at the ESMAE of Porto (Portugal), as well as masterclasses worldwide (France, Taiwan, Brasil, Italy, Spain, USA, Canada). Since 2010 she teachs baroque violin at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Switzerland.

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