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Mitten wir im Leben sind/Bach6Cellosuiten - Sadler's Wells

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

ROSAS, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s internationally-renowned dance company, is presenting the UK Premiere of Mitten wir im Leben sind/Bach6Cellosuiten at Sadler’s Wells.

A Sadler’s Wells International Associate Company, Rosas performs the piece on Wednesday, April 24 and Thursday, April 25, 2019.

Johann Sebastian Bach’s Cello Suites, now considered a landmark in unaccompanied music, were almost lost to history, until they were rediscovered by chance in a Barcelonan second-hand shop in 1889.

World-renowned French cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras takes centre stage in the piece to perform the suites, whilst dancers are pitted to Bach’s music to interrogate the ideas of mortality and redemption.

Continuing De Keersmaeker’s proclivity for creating choreographic movements to classical musical scores, Mitten wir im Leben sind/Bach6Cellosuiten (“in the midst of life”) is an attempt to visualise the essence of Bach’s timeless music.

Also known for her appreciation of mathematical structure and a geometric use of space, De Keersmaeker utilises these concepts in Mitten wir im Leben sind/Bach6Cellosuiten with colourful floor patterns grounding the structure of both music and dance.

Showcasing the individual character of every suite and its symbiosis with dance, four dancers take a suite solo each with De Keersmaeker intermittently participating. Dance disappears in the fifth suite as music takes prominence whilst dancers converge with a quintet for the final, sixth suite to underscore the rhythmic vitality of Bach’s music.

Performers in the piece are Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, Boštjan Antončič, Marie Goudot, Julien Monty and Michaël Pomero.

In a feat of physical endurance, the suites are played in their entirety, making this a rare chance to hear all six Bach suites live, together and in sequence. Exploring the movements and capturing an affinity with the music, Mitten wir im Leben sind/Bach6Cellosuiten takes a journey from life to death and salvation.

Tickets: £20. To book, call the ticket office on 020 7863 8000 or visit

Time: 7:30pm.