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WE 01.03.2017, 8.00 PM

Multiplicity. Forms of Silence and Emptiness

Choreography and Production: by Nacho Duato
Music by Johann Sebastian Bach

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Every choreographer has a so-called "signature piece" – the one work that particularly stands out in an artist’s oeuvre and which is the basis of the worldwide reputation of an exceptional talent. Nacho Duatos "signature piece" is indisputably the modern choreography "Multiplicity. Forms of Silence and Emptiness ", which he created for the former European Capital of Culture Weimar in 1999. Behind the somewhat unwieldy title hides a unique tribute to the composer Johann Sebastian Bach. On 14 March 14 2015, the successful choreography had its Berlin debut at the Komische Oper Berlin.

The title "Multiplicity. Forms of Silence and Emptiness" refers to the two halves of the evening. The rapid first part, "Multiplicity", is dominated by a wealth of choreographic variations, as they result from the very different musical excerpts of Bach’s music, including the famous Goldberg Variations, parts of the Brandenburg Concertos, and movements from his sonatas and organ concerts. The second part, "Forms of Silence and Emptiness" is based, however, solely on Bach's "Art of Fugue", his own "signature piece". This mystical and rather spiritual part reflects the mood of death, as it is for Nacho Duato inextricably connected to Bach's music, and which in its contemplative seriousness sits in stark contrast to the fast-paced first part.

While the choreography does not have any clear plot, one can still make out certain protagonist on stage. First, there is Johann Sebastian Bach himself, dressed in a genuine Baroque costume, who conducts his orchestra and remains present for the whole evening. His instruments are the dancers who follow his direction. In these scenes, notes turn into dance and dancers turn into score. Later, Bach meets a muse, with whom he dances an intimate pas de deux, until he finally faces death, who takes him away from the mundane world.

Nacho Duato always takes his inspiration from the music with its moods and subjective messages. For him, his choreography always follows the score  – not only in "Multiplicity. Forms of Silence and Emptiness ", but in all his works. This is also the basis of the outstanding musicality for which Nacho Duato has made himself a name. At the end of the evening, the audience has been provided with an extremely sensuous access to the music of Bach: through the bodies and the movements of the dancers. And one understands on poignant why this work is one of Duato’s masterpieces.

Learn more: There is a free introduction in German for the audience at the performance venue 45 minutes before each performance, except opening nights, guest performances, and special events. It is prepared and moderated by students of the Free University Berlin as part of the Ballet University program.

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