Verklärte Nacht (1995) presents a shamelessly romantic love story, in which the contrasting feelings of a man and a woman are dissected and interpreted in an expressive duet/trio based on Schönberg's eponymous musical score. The music will be performed live by the Ictus ensemble and Brussels Philharmonic.

In 1986, De Keersmaeker first ventured into the terrain of contemporary classical music with Bartók's string quartet Quartet No. 4. In a choreography punctuated by both playful and combative accents, De Keersmaeker took on the task of distilling a dance score out of Bartók's complex rhythms and layered harmonies. In Die Grosse Fuge (1992), De Keersmaeker sets out to find a male vocabulary, with Rosas’ dancers challenging gravity in a piece that sought to provide a physical translation of Beethoven's ingenious use of counterpoint. Each of the three pieces constitutes a choreographic response to a specific historical score, unveiling De Keersmaeker's penchant for both abstract conceptualisation and narrative composition.

In Brussels the music will be performed live. The Ictus ensemble will interpret Quartet no. 4 and Die Grosse Fuge, while the Brussels Philharmonic will play Verklärte Nacht under the baton of Alain Franco.


Béla Bartók • Quator n°4
Ludwig van Beethoven • Die Grosse Fuge, op. 133
Arnold Schönberg • Verklärte Nacht, op. 4