Flowers (we are)
© Julie De Meester


Flowers (we are)

With Flowers (we are), Claire Croizé collaborates for the first time with a contemporary composer Matteo Fargion. Together they create a dance piece with live music by and inspired by the works of Bach. Selections from the preludes of Das Wohltemperierte Klavier, transcriptions of his chorals for four hands, and new compositions form the musical texture, executed on one piano by Matteo and his daughter Francesca. Three dancers translate this vision into movement.

Claire and Matteo are looking for a playful and creative approach to Bach, both in the selection of the preludes and in the transformation of the chorals to nimble piano music, as in the new pieces. Claire is inspired, for the second time, by the poet Rainer Maria Rilke, whose writings will be converted into lyrics that lean closer to pop music and, as such, contrast with the classical framework, in an irreverent hommage to the grand master of Baroque.

“Hommage” is the keyword here, not just in the sense of a tribute, but also as a gift, of the dancers to each other, of the musicians to the dancers and vice versa, and of the performers to the audience. Claire creates a performance that is both intimate and generous, a loving ode to her performers and a search for the different possible relationships between diverse personalities and generations, between dancers and musicians, between dance and music.