February 2020

Perpetua chorea is a concert-dance where the audience, through their own bodily expression in connection with music, change the way in which the museum is usually experienced. Through intuitive, natural movement, much like the flow of water, the trees, the clouds or the stars, Perpetua chorea offers the possibility of creating new interpersonal relations in a space, such as the Thyssen that is alive and in constant movement.

The Perpetua Chorea programme has two parts. The first, with works by different composers, allows us to discover the subtle and powerful work of the City of La Mancha Orchestra; the second part, created by the composer Sonia Megías and titled Migrant Dances, is inspired by some of the works in the museum like: Four Piece Orchestra (1944), by Ben Shahn; Two Female Nudes in a Landscape (ca. 1922), by Otto Müller; Group Portrait of Sir Elijah and Lady Impey (ca. 1783 - 1784), of Johann Zoffany; different 19th century luminist landscape works; Country Wedding (ca. 1649 - 1655), attributed to Jan Havicksz Steen; Billiard Players (1920), by Varvara Stepanova; The Submission of the Sicilian Rebels to Antonio Moncada in 1411 (1663), by David Teniers II and Jan van Kessel I; and The Assumption of the Virgin (ca. 1450), by Johann Koerbecke.

Performing: The City of La Mancha Orchestra; Eva Guillamón and Sonia Megías, from Dúa de Pel; and Natalia Martz, sound technician.

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Perpetua Chorea is the finale of the musical tour cycle Perpetuum mobile and a new experience as part of 360º Thyssen, the project that gives you the opportunity to enjoy the works of the museum from different perspectives thanks to the collaboration of Fundación BBVA.

To experience this piece immersively, open the video on YouTube, wait for it to load and drag your finger across the screen to look around as it plays. Or just move your smartphone to enter the rooms of the museum. 

If you want to continue exploring the relationship between painting and music, you can download the app Second Canvas Thyssen and enjoy the Sonic Paintings tour.

In collaboration with: Fundación BBVA.

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