In Metamorphers, Godani’s pure choreography poignantly captures the essence of Béla Bartók’s String Quartet Nº 4 (1928). Metamorphers races through thrilling musical connections as dancers coalesce in sextets, quartets, pas de deux, duos, solos and other compelling combinations. The choreography makes the score’s “puzzle” visible, allowing both artistic universes to converge. Godani plays with naturalness and spontaneity, embracing and transforming an enormous configuration of highly sophisticated choreographic material. Metamorphers is unquestionably a musical work: in it, dance becomes the melody of the music.
Béla Bartók’s string quartets are recognized as crowning achievements of twentieth-century chamber music. The composer demonstrates his genius through the fourth quartet’s five mirroring movements. Bartók´s score has been performed live on stage.
Choreography Jacopo Godani
Stage, Light, Costumes Jacopo Godani
Music Béla Bartók, String Quartet Nº 4
Live performance Ensemble Modern (Aida-Carmen Soanea – Viola, Michael M. Kasper – Violoncello, Jagdish Mistry – Violine, Diego Ramos Rodríguez – Violine)
Length 25 min / 13 dancers
World Premiere 16 November 2016, Dresden Frankfurt Dance Company, Frankfurt am Main, Bockenheimer Depot