Bauernkantate, BWV 212 (free interpretation) Johann Sebastian Bach

Most of Bach's cantatas were commissioned by the Lutheran church and in service of God. In his Bauerncantate, however, biblical figures make way for everyday characters. Downstage are two peasants who are fed up with the corrupt practices of a tax collector.  This socially-critical cantata is in the safe hands of the experimental theatre collective La Fura dels Baus and the baroque ensemble Divina Mysteria. They provide an idiosyncratic interpretation with the addition of electronic music, flamenco, grandiose images and contemporary poetry. 

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    Don’t expect protestant piety or a churchlike atmosphere when the iconoclasts of La Fura dels Baus take on a Bach cantata. For their production Free Bach 212, one of the highlights of our Bach Heritage festival, the world famous theatre collective add flamenco, electronics, and giant cows.

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