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From Sat 10.12.16
  • Hofesh Shechter

    In 2009 choreographer and composer Hofesh Shechter stunned the Bruges audience with his diptych Uprising and In your rooms. Especially for December Dance, he now returns with his latest trilogy, barbarians. It opens with the barbarians in love, which immediately, elegantly and intimately reveals Schechter’s typical choreographic style. Trembling with emotion, six white-clad dancers move to the tones of an eclectic baroque score. In what follows, Shechter demonstrates yet again his dancers’ versatility and individual talents: a joyous explosion of trance-like dubstep grooves in tHE bAD, and a poignant duet in Two completely different angles of the same fucking thing. Shechter worked in Tel Aviv with the Batsheva Dance Company and then moved to London. In next to no time he became the audience favourite of British dance stages.… Read more

  • Akram Khan Company

    In 2011, as curator of its 5th edition, Akram Khan opened December Dance with a Concertgebouw coproduction: DESH. 'Magical, masterly, stunning, impressive, fascinating...’ DESH was showered with superlatives and won international awards. Akram Khan and Sue Buckmaster have meanwhile created a wonderful adaptation for families and children: Chotto Desh, or ‘the little homeland’. In a magical mix of dance, word and visuals, Chotto Desh tells the compelling tale of the dreams of a child growing up in England, within a family with Bangladeshi roots. But what if he had really listened to his father? The visual design is by Chinese designer Tim Yip, who won the Oscar for Best Art Direction for his work on the film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. Jocelyn Pook, composer of, among other things, the soundtrack of Stanley Kubrick's Eyes Wide Shut, arranged the music. Chotto Desh is a fine tribute to the human imagination.… Read more

  • Akram Khan Company

    In 2011, as curator of its 5th edition, Akram Khan opened December Dance with a Concertgebouw coproduction: DESH. 'Magical, masterly, stunning, impressive, fascinating...’ DESH was showered with superlatives and won international awards. Akram Khan and Sue Buckmaster have meanwhile created a wonderful adaptation for families and children: Chotto Desh, or ‘the little homeland’. In a magical mix of dance, word and visuals, Chotto Desh tells the compelling tale of the dreams of a child growing up in England, within a family with Bangladeshi roots. But what if he had really listened to his father? The visual design is by Chinese designer Tim Yip, who won the Oscar for Best Art Direction for his work on the film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. Jocelyn Pook, composer of, among other things, the soundtrack of Stanley Kubrick's Eyes Wide Shut, arranged the music. Chotto Desh is a fine tribute to the human imagination.… Read more

  • Rachmaninov’s Third Piano Concerto

    Of all the ballet composers, the Russian Tchaikovsky is probably the most successful. His Swan Lake suite appeals to everyone’s imagination and must surely be the most famous works in classical ballet history. Rachmaninov’s Third Piano Concerto is also part of the standard repertoire. As good a concert pianist as he was a composer, Rachmaninov actually wrote each of his five piano concertos for himself. His third was intended purely as a bravura piece for a US concert tour, but it survived the tour with ease and grew to become one of the most popular piano concertos. Russian conductor Mikhail Pletnev and his Russian National Orchestra are the ideal interpreters for these great Russian classics. In this concert, pianist Cho Seong-Jin - a winner of the International Chopin Piano Competition - proves that he is equally at home in the Russian repertoire.… Read more

  • Aladdin en De Wolf

    A programme like a bedtime story ... With Nielsen’s 'Aladdin Suite' we make a magic carpet ride to the universe of ‘A Thousand and One Nights’. Tan Dun’s double bass concerto 'The Wolf' is a fable depicting the dying culture of the Mongols. Tchaikovsky’s warm Christmas tale 'The Nutcracker' sprinkles magical sand onto our eyes. Sweet dreams!… Read more

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  • Schütz’ Christmas Story

    Bach has his renowned Weihnachtsoratorium, Berlioz his famous Enfance du Christ, but far less well known is Schütz' colourful Weihnachtshistorie from 1664. For this festive occasion, Schütz pulled out all the stops. Angels and shepherds, Herod and his advisors, each gets a delightful miniature portrait, painted with violins, gambas, trombones, flutes and cornetts. Above the score, Schütz noted proudly that he was the first in Germany to publish recitatives in the Italian style, a legacy of his training in Italy. Full of the emerging Venetian Baroque, he stunned his homeland with his unprecedented expression. In this Christmas concert, featuring the finest examples of the new North German style, specialists in the small and delicate Vox Luminis give voice to a musical revolution.… Read more

  • [IN]VISIBLE

    [IN]VISIBLE tells the story of Benjamin Van Esser’s struggle with tinnitus. Throughout the performance, he translates his experiences into an electro-acoustic, multimedia experience: the disorientation that strikes with the initial 'attack', the experimental electro-shock therapy, the benumbing tranquilisers and finally the cure. Every aspect is embodied here, in an often raw and harsh, but minimalist musical language, given structure by electronic manipulation. It is by detaching from our familiar acoustic sound world that [IN]VISIBLE wants to create a new reality: a reality in which this seemingly virtual but very present condition finds its solution. [IN]VISIBLE is part of Benjamin Van Esser’s Doctor of Creative Arts graduation project Towards an Artistic Performance Strategy for Computer Musicians.… Read more

  • In the mood for Christmas

    The traditional Christmas concert is given a special touch each year by the Flemish Radio Choir, which places the classic Christmas carols in a very different perspective. A musical glimpse at the world in a mind-broadening manner, and a heart-warming appeal to tolerance and peace.This year, the choir has opted for a jazzy beat, offering up some unusual but surprisingly appropriate combinations! Thus the traditional Latin texts of the Missa Brevis suddenly sound quite different in Bob Chilcott’s A Little Jazz Mass: the traditional Mass becomes a veritable party, with groove and swing and an Agnus Dei full of blues.The composer Will Todd similarly cannot contain his passion and weaves his vocal works through with jazz rhythms. Like Karl Jenkins, he is a jazz musician in his heart and soul, but open to influences from both classical and folk music from the whole world in his compositions. … Read more

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  • Brussels Philharmonic & Marc Bouchkov

    As is traditional, the Concertgebouw opens the New Year with a whirl of dance music. Besides the classics of the uncrowned 'King of the Waltz', Johann Strauss Jnr., the waltzes of Russian masters, such as Shostakovich, Glinka and Katchaturian, naturally also feature in this Russian-tinted season. This eminently dashing and danceable music evokes dance tunes, drinking parties and merry festivity. Star of the day is the born musician Marc Bouchkov - a finalist of the Queen Elisabeth Competition - the youngest offspring of a family of eminent Russian violinists. He unleashes all of his devils and treats us to heavenly, virtuosic music. Let yourself be swept away by lively rhythms and melodies and experience the start of 2015 in a joyous euphoria! Cheers! After the concert, Concertgebouw Brugge and Renaat Landuyt, the Mayor of Bruges, invite you to toast the New Year.… Read more

  • Brahms’ Violin Concerto

    ‘The music world has seldom waited with such great anticipation for a composer’s first symphony,’ wrote celebrated music critic Eduard Hanslick after the Viennese premiere of Brahms' First Symphony.  Brahms had worked on it for more than ten years! The label ‘Beethoven’s tenth’, with which his firstborn was christened immediately after its premiere, gave the self-critical Brahms the necessary confidence. Brahms' long friendship with violinist Joseph Joachim provided the basis for his violin concerto. He wrote it not just for Joachim, but also with him. From its extended introduction to its finale, embellished with Hungarian brio, Brahms’ Violin Concerto is one of the most luxurious concertos in the repertoire. A piece of cake for star violinist Ray Chen, accompanied by the phenomenal London Philharmonic Orchestra.… Read more

  • Le Concert d'Astrée & Krzysztof Warlikowski

    A glance in the mirror of Pleasure is enough to make Beauty forget her mortality. Time and Truth are always on hand, however, to give her some stern (and frequent!) advice: ‘Beauty is like a flower that blooms in a day and then dies.’ The battle between these four allegorical characters provides the words – penned by Cardinal Benedetto Pamphili – for Handel's first Roman oratorio. Virtuoso arias, brilliant sinfonias and powerful ensembles showcase a 22-year-old composer, who already seems to have discovered every musical secret. Plastic and theatrical, Il trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno inspired director Krzysztof Warlikowski to create a new stage setting. Concertgebouw Brugge takes you to the Opéra de Lille to hear four outstanding singers, led by Emmanuelle Haïm, who knows Handel’s flamboyant oeuvre like the back of her hand.… Read more