Love Stories

Brilliant Belgian dancers will appear at Mostly Mozart

A feeling of joy, un moto di gioia. Not what you expect from Anne Teresa DeKeersmaeker, the Belgian choreographer known for highly structured, often angst-ridden dance. But joyous it feels when the avant-gardista and her company bring the lighthearted Mozart/Concert Arias to Mostly Mozart. The lavish production explores the trials of men and women in love—with 10 dancers in Dangerous Liaisons garb, a baroque orchestra, three singers, and a Schönbrunn Palace-inspired custom parquet floor. For DeKeersmaeker, the music is always sovereign. She created the piece because "I was interested in the way theater and music come together in Mozart's operas. . . . Even in the moments of greatest distress and despair, in his music there is still love."


Anne Teresa DeKeersmaeker and Rosas
LaGuardia Concert Hall
August 25, 27, and 28

There is celebration too; the singers onstage whisper, flirt, and even join the dancers. With each aria DeKeersmaeker creates a mini-drama, some taken from Mozart's biography, as in "Ch'io mi scordi di te," where the composer mourns a departed lover. With such disparate influences as Fred Astaire and Cyd Charisse, the Spanish Riding School in Vienna, mute language, and 18th-century court dance, she marries intricate release-driven partnering with sublime lyricism. Dancers spontaneously burst into sobs, sigh, and swoon, and occasionally just rock out, disco-style, to glorious music, all in the name of love.