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Il Cimento dell’Armonia e dell’Inventione

Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker and Radouan Mriziga explore Antonio Vivaldi’s ‘The Four Seasons’, starting from the exquisite recording of Vivaldi’s composition by virtuosic violinist Amandine Beyer and her ensemble Gli Incogniti.

‘The Four Seasons’ is one of the most well-known, iconic and reproduced pieces of music; a veritable ‘hit’ of the classical repertoire. It is also a striking ode to nature. De Keersmaeker and Mriziga, who previously collaborated on 3ird5 @ W9rk (2020), share a keen interest in the observation of nature, geometry, and embodied abstraction. They also share a concern with our changing and increasingly troubling relationship to our natural environment. Contemplating the four seasons in nature by contemplating the nature of this musical composition not only inspires further explorations of patterns present in the natural world and celestial configurations as possible starting points for choreography, it also vividly brings to the surface the urgency of the impending climate crisis. Do we still have four seasons? In addition, Vivaldi wrote this music three hundred years ago in the Mediterranean, a region at the intersection of different continents. ‘The Four Seasons’ thus also invites reflection on the circulations of knowledge, power, and histories this region represents.

In ‘Il Cimento dell’Armonia e dell’Inventione’ multiple strands come together to create a unique choreographic language. The piece aims to return to the core, the structure of Vivaldi’s famous composition and the many associations and emotions it evokes, while offering a choreographic counterpoint to it. At the same time the dance underscores that there may be something contemplative to be found in ‘The Four Seasons’ in its familiarity, and in the familiarity of nature.


Concept, Choreography, Set and Light Design  Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, Radouan Mriziga
Created with and Performed by  Boštjan Antončič, Nassim Baddag, Lav Crnčević, José Paulo dos Santos
Music  Antonio Vivaldi, Amandine Beyer, Gli Incogniti
Costume Design  Aouatif Boulaich
Rehearsal Director  Eleni Ellada Damianou
Musical Analysis  Amandine Beyer

Production  Rosas
Co-Production  Concertgebouw Brugge, De Munt/La Monnaie, Berliner Festspiele, Charleroi Danse, Festival d'Automne à Paris, Festival de Marseille, ImPulsTanz Vienna, Sadler's Wells London, Théâtre de la Ville Paris

With the support of Dance Reflections by Van Cleef & Arpels
and the Tax Shelter of the Belgian Federal Government, in collaboration with Casa Kafka Pictures –Belfius. Rosas is supported by the Flemish Community and the Flemish Community Commission (VGC).