Pour la fin du temps, Jan Ritsema, 1996-
Ode to death performed with a quartet until the end of (Jan's) time.
Yearly edition of 3 solos for sale as options or exclusive acquisition until the end of Jan's time.
Conditions for activation:
Jan Ritsema must be alive
One of the following conditions must be fulfilled:
- Performance with the original quartet.
- The Solo is bought by a woman.
- The quartet is casted with female musicians.
Jan Ritsema dances solo on live music performed by Takashi Yamane, Yutaka Oya, Geert Bièvre and George van Dam. The starting point was the quartet Quatuor pour la fin du temps by Olivier Messiaen. This quartet, written and first performed in the prison camp Stalag VIII-A in Görlitz, Silesia, 1940/1941, is an homage to the Apocalypse angel while he raises his hands on him, said: “From now on there is no time anymore. “(Revelation of John 10: 1-8).
But in a late stage of the pre-production the widow of Messiaen forbade the performance, as Messiaen had stated that this music could only be performed for a musical representation. Therefore Ritsema and the team of musicians chose alternative compositions, from Alban Berg, JS Bach, Anton Webern, Mahler and Charles Ives.