The choreography Multiplicity. Forms of Silence and Emptiness by Nacho Duato, was devised in 1999 in collaboration with the city of Weimar, which at that time was the European Capital of Culture. The ballet is dedicated to the composer Johann Sebastian Bach and consists of two parts.
The first part, Multiplicity, is a choreographic reflection on the music of this outstanding composer. This first part is dominated by a wide array of choreographic variations, which result from the different compositions chosen for this part of the ballet. Ever-changing costumes and sceneries further highlight the musical collage.
In contrast, the second part, Forms of Silence and Emptiness, is based on mystical and rather spiritual music. It reflects the deathly atmosphere that for Nacho Duato seems to be inseparably linked with Bach’s music.The ballet Multiplicity. Forms of Silence and Emptiness is one of Nacho Duato’s best-known works. It immediately caught the attention of the critics and brought its creator the prestigious Benois de la Dance prize. The ballet was composed in 1999 for the theatre in Weimar, where Johann Sebastian Bach lived and worked for several years. It is Bach’s music that forms the basis of Duato’s work, in which he tells the story of the great composer’s life and work through the medium of eurhythmic dance.
45 minutes before each performance (except premieres), there is an introduction in the opera house. It is prepared and moderated by students of the institute of dance studies (Institut für Tanzwissenschaft) of Freie Universität Berlin.
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