Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker

Mystery Sonatas / for Rosa

Rosas, Amandine Beyer / Gli Incogniti

Teatro Romano

Thursday 07 July H 21:30

Friday 08 July H 21:30

Saturday 09 July H 21:30

I sector € 40,00
II sector € 32,00



Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker


Lav Crnčević, Rafael Galdino, José Paulo dos Santos Frank Gizycki, Mariana Miranda, Laura Maria Poletti Cintia Sebők, Jacob Storer, Mamadou Wagué


Mystery Sonatas by Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber

music direction

Amandine Beyer


Gli Incogniti

violin Amandine Beyer
viola da gamba Baldomero Barciela Varela
theorbo and baroque guitar Ignacio Laguna Navarro
archluth Francesco Romano
harpsichord and organ Anna Fontana

set and lighting design

Minna Tiikkainen

rehearsal director

Diane Madden


Fauve Ryckebusch

research Lieze Eneman, Tessa Hall
technical director Freek Boey
sound Erwan Boulay
artistic coordination and planning Anne Van Aerschot
artistic assistant Martine Lange
tourmanager Bert De Bock
costumes coordinator Alexandra Verschueren
assisted by Els Van Buggenhout
sewing Emmanuelle Erhart, Martha Verleyen, Ester Manas
wardrobe Ella De Vos, Chiara Mazzarolo
technicians Jonathan Maes, Laurie Sanchez, Bennert Vancottem
intern Martha Dewit

“A rose is a rose”

Gertrude Stein

After Johann Sebastian Bach’s Goldberg Variations, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker continues her choreographic research through music and delves into the mystical and geometric writing of Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber with Mystery Sonatas / for Rosa, the new show co-produced by the Festival dei Due Mondi with Rosas, La Monnaie/De Munt, Concertgebouw Bruges and Dance Reflections by Van Cleef&Arpels.


In this new work, music and geometry intertwine around a single figure: the rose. An artistic and literary symbol of secrecy and mystery, the rose is here interpreted as a synonym of obstacle and rebellion. The dancing body, whether individual or collective, becomes the means for an act of resistance, to which Biber’s music, in its narrative complexity and the richness of its virtuosity, invites us. With the collaboration of violinist Amandine Beyer and her ensemble Gli Incogniti, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker stages the three cycles of Biber’s virtuosic Rosary Sonatas with the dancers of Rosas company, of which she is artistic director. Since her debut with Rosas danst Rosas, an iconic piece of contemporary dance, the choreographer seems to show the focal elements of her aesthetic: the minimalism of movements, the layering of repeated and superimposed sequences, the rigour of the execution and a meticulous exploration of the link between dance and music. Inherently religious and narrative, a musical translation of the fifteen Sacred Mysteries of the Virgin Mary‘s life, with their succession of gigues, allemandes, and courantes, Biber’s Sonatas are an invitation to dance. For this new creation, De Keersmaeker has drawn on memories of her own past, while circularity, repetition and “petal” patterns are the key elements that allow the form to change according to musical variations. The rose also returns as a symbol in the dedication: the performance is a tribute to the women of the resistance Rosa Bonheur, Rosa Luxemburg, Rosa Parks, and Rosa, the 15-year-old activist who was swallowed by the waters of the river Ourthe during the floods in Belgium in 2021 due to climate change.


From early Fase, Four Movements to the Music of Steve Reich to more recent Bartók / Beethoven / Schoenberg, Bach’s Partita No. 2 or Grisey’s Vortex Temporum, De Keersmaeker’s vast body of work uses musical structures and compositions from different eras in a choreographic work that also draws on formal principles from geometry, mathematical patterns, the natural world and social structures, offering a unique perspective on the movement of the body in time and space.

production Rosas
coproduction Concertgebouw Brugge, De Munt / La Monnaie (Brussels), Dance Reflections by Van Cleef & Arpels, Théâtre de la Ville à Paris, Spoleto Festival dei Due Mondi

Ester Manas, Steven Fillet, La Fille d’O, Boštjan Antončič, Michaël Pomero, Marie Goudot, Yuika Hashimoto, David Durán
This production is realized with the support of the Tax Shelter of the Belgian Federal Government, in collaboration with Casa Kafka Pictures –Belfius.
Rosas is supported by the Flemish Community and by the BNP Paribas Foundation.

duration 135 minutes