Toccata e Fuga

The Swiss artist Julie Beauvais and Claire Chase created a durational version of Bach's Toccata e Fuga as part of Julie's EXCUSE ME WHILE I KISS THE SKY exhibition in Sion, Switzerland.


a short description:

The artistic encounter between Claire Chase and Julie Beauvais is an Invitation to associate “the rare combination of grace and guts” of the virtuoso American flutist with the “formal and poetic minimalism” of the Swiss director.

Both work in Baroque and Contemporary repertories and open new possibilities for experimentation in music-performance on a transnational level.

Bach determines the territory of this first collaboration: Sciarrino expands it. The artists choose to explore La Toccata e Fuga in a common performance. With a lighting concept designed by Abigail Fowler, highlighting the body and movements of the flutist, Julie and Claire perform the nine-minute work continuously. The concert is turned back into a ritual.