Flowers (we are)
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Flowers (we are)

Flowers (we are) is Claire Croizé’s first collaboration with contemporary composer Matteo Fargion. Together they are creating a dance piece with live music by and inspired by Bach. Selections from the preludes of Das Wohltemperierte Klavier, transcriptions of his chorales 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 and transformation of Bach’s work, as in the new pieces. Claire is again inspired by the poet Rainer Maria Rilke, whose writings will be converted into lyrics that lean closer to pop music and, as such, form a 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. Flowers (we are) is both intimate and generous, a loving ode to the performers and a search for the different possible relationships between diverse personalities and generations, between dancers and musicians, between dance and music.

The residency in wpZimmer is a technical residency near the end of our creation process, so we will be working on and finetuning the dance material and the dramaturgy as well as the definitive costumes, scenography and lighting plan. Matteo and Francesca will be present for three days, which will give us the opportunity to rehearse with live music and work on the interaction between musicians and dancers.