The Brothers Quay have always allowed music to guide their inspiration. Now they also allow themselves to be inspired by the specific talent and personality of a musician. Both filmic choreographies were conceived as commissions and are only to be screened during a live performance by Ibragimova and Rudy respectively. However, the Quays' images do follow their own course, independent of the music, so that we start to ‘see’ the music and ‘hear’ the images.
While Ibragimova performs Bartok on her 1775 Anselmo Bellosio violin, the exploration of Bartok’s mindset leads to a mesmerising meditation on life’s evanescence in a hallucinating play of light. At Rudy’s invitation, the Quays finally confront themselves with the metaphysical angst of Kafka’s Metamorphosis. They take their obsessive insistence on detail into new territories, with a grotesque pantomime, animated as a digital collage. Sat 26, 21:00-23:00, Arminius