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Duet for two string trios is a coming together of pure dance and music, lyrical, intense and disruptive, like the times we live in.

Duet for two string trios

Claire Croizé

How do you translate the intensity, complexity and physicality of a piece of music to dance? Can you read the movements of a composition through the body? For her new creation Duet for two string trios Claire Croizé teams up with the Goeyvaerts String Trio, looking for answers to these questions through two string trios by the contemporary composer Charles Wuorinen.
The first piece was made in 1968, and the second, which is dedicated to the Goeyvaerts String Trio, in 2017. This half-century interval can be felt in the strong contrast between the two: where the first piece is bursting with expressive energy, the second moves with restraint and quiet lyricism.
Dancers Emmi Väisänen and Jason Respilieux offer their bodies as a counterweight to this auditory onslaught. Music and dance circle each other in a play that is as dynamic and changeable as the string trios themselves: never a one-on-one translation, always a dialogue. Inspired by the turn-of-the-century musical influences of Wuorinen and the verses of Pavese and Rilke, Duet for two string trios tells a story that is as intense and disruptive as the times we live in.

In 1970 Charles Wuorinen became the youngest composer ever to win the Pulitzer Prize, and in 2014 he received worldwide acclaim with his operatic adaptation of Brokeback Mountain, Annie Proulx’ famous short story. He died in the spring of 2020, making this performance a tribute to his life and work.

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Claire Croizé
Created with and danced by
Emmi Väisänen and Jason Respilieux
First String Trio (1968) and Second String Trio (2017) by Charles Wuorinen
Musical execution
Goeyvaerts Strijktrio (viola: Kris Matthynssens; cello: Pieter Stas; viool: Fedra Coppens)
Light design
Hans Meijer
Costume design
Anne-Catherine Kunz
Costume assistant
Chiara Mazzarolo
Etienne Guilloteau
ECCE vzw
Anne Crevits
Julie De Meester
Tour manager
Séverine Windels
Concertgebouw Brugge, STUK (Leuven), Kunstencentrum Buda (Kortrijk), CC Strombeek
Residency support
Many thanks to
Gregoire Vigneron from Tokowo-Reliure, Frans Stas, Working Space Wild Gallery / Isabella Soupart
With the support of the Flemish Government
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