Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker / Björn Schmelzer (B)


herbst opening

40% dance
10% beauty
40% singing
10% clarity
Dancers sing, singers dance. Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker – who has long been one of the most influential choreographers of our time, with her conceptually clear and yet enchantingly beautiful productions – takes the idea of this collaboration seriously. Björn Schmelzer’s unique vocal ensemble graindelavoix not only provides the music for the dancing, but is also, from the outset, part of this co-operation, that was first conceived for the open Court d’Honneur at the Palais des Papes in Avignon and has now been adapted and opens as the stage première at this year’s steirischer herbst.
Nineteen dancers and singers in the set and lighting of Ann Veronica Janssens – a sculpture of passing time – explore the limits of their skills in a dialogue with music that, while hailing from a world distant in time, nevertheless paradoxically corresponds to our contemporary understanding of music in terms of its complexity and abstraction: ars subtilior from the late 14th century uses a complex notation to combine three seemingly independent voices so as to create a rhythmically extremely differentiated score. “Cesena” consciously sets a rarely practised style of music in counterpoint to our musical canon, thus tapping into new worlds of hearing and seeing.

  Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker & Björn Schmelzer: Cesena    

Concept Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker & Björn Schmelzer
Choreography Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker
Musical direction Björn Schmelzer
By and with Rosas & Graindelavoix
Olalla Alemán, Haider Al Timimi, Bostjan Antoncic, Aron Blom, Carlos Garbin, Marie Goudot, Lieven Gouwy, David Hernandez, Matej Kejzar, Mikael Marklund, Tomàs Maxé, Julien Monty, Chrysa Parkinson, Marius Peterson, Michael Pomero, Albert Riera, Gabriel Schenker, Yves Van Handenhove & Sandy Williams

Musik Ars Subtilior:
Pictagore per dogmata / O Terra supplica / Rosa vernans Anonym (Codex Chantilly)
Espoir dont tu m’as fayt partir Philippot de Caserta (Codex Chantilly)
Corps femenin Solage (Codex Chantilly)
Fumeux fume Solage (Codex Chantilly)
Par les bons Gedeon et Sanson Philippot de Caserta (Codex Chantilly)
Kyrie Anonym (Ms Toulouse)
Inter densas / Imbribuis irriguis Anonym (Codex Chantilly)
En attendant d’amer Galiot / Giangaleazzo Visconti (Codex Chantilly)
Le ray au soleyl Johannes Ciconia (Codex Mancini)
Hodie puer nascitur/Homo mortalis firmiter Jean Hanelle (Codex Torino J.II .9)

Scenography Ann Veronica Janssens
Costumes Anne-Catherine Kunz

Rehearsal direction Femke Gyselinck
Artistic assistance Anne Van Aerschot
Sound Vanessa Court, Juliette Wion
Technic Simo Reynders, Jan Herinckx, Wannes De Rydt, Michael Smets
Sewing works Maria Eva Rodriguez
Assistance costumes Valérie Dewaele

Production Graz Kirsten Patent
Technical direction Hermann Schapek
Technical direction Helmut-List-Halle Peter Springer
Light engineering Edith Offenhauser
Sound engineering Johannes Egger
Crew artbox / reddog
Co-produced by steirischer herbst, Rosas, La Monnaie / De Munt (Brussels), Festival d’Avignon, Théâtre de la Ville (Paris), Grand Théâtre de Luxembourg, Festival Oude Muziek Utrecht, Guimarães 2012,
deSingel (Antwerp) & Concertgebouw (Brugge)

Nightlinesponsor Holding Graz
Project sponsors Legero Schuhfabrik GesmbH & AVL Cultural Foundation
Ton- & Licht Sponsor Tec2Fun

Date and Facts

Première of the stage adaptation

Fri 23/09 & Sat 24/09, 7.30 pm

24 / 14 €

Talk following
the second performance

Shuttle service
Sat 24/09, 6.45 pm
Bus stop Kunsthaus Graz
to Helmut-List-Halle and back after the performance and after the talk