“She got an Elgin movement from her head down to her toes”, sings Robert Leroy Johnson in Walking Blues, an elated refrain whose spin invades the entire body. His blues is built on movement, wanderings, and rhythms: chords and cadences born in the Mississippi Delta from which many 20th century pop and rock musicians drew inspiration. Following in the footsteps of Robert Johnson, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker produced a piece around the basics of music and dance. Between Walking Blues and our choreographer’s fundamental “my walking is my dancing” theme, the link goes beyond mere analogy, with a deep understanding of unadornment, of the expressive power of the simplest aesthetics. The metaphor of the step, combining a collective walk with individuals stepping aside, draws a parallel between musical genres and eras, from Shubert’s lieders to the ballads of American bluesmen. Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker gave musician Meskerem Mees the task of pulling these musical fragments into our time. Mees’ voice ties distinct morsels of heritage together with threads of covers and variations, linking a sentimental Wanderer to Afro-American roots.
Created in May 2023
Coproduction Concertgebouw (Bruges), De Munt / La Monnaie (Brussels), Dance Reflections by Van Cleef & Arpels, Théâtre de la Ville (Paris) Co-hosting Opéra de Lyon – Lyon Dance Biennial
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