Bach eMotion

concert with Xavier Díaz-Latorre, liute, e Tanja Skok, dance
, from
palazzo dei Trecento

Bach eMotion is a solo concert and a solo dance performance joined together.

Xavier Díaz-Latorre is playing baroque lute presenting works by Johann Sebastian Bach and Jean-Féry Rebel and Silvius Leopold Weiss. Tanja Skok is dancing to this music using both movement languages of the 18th century dance vocabulary and her own contemporary dance expression.


The evening is composed of three parts:

Reconstruction presenting the music and dance in the tight relation following the French 18th century repertory with Les caracteres de la danse by Jean-Féry Rebel.

Deconstruction the suite for solo lute in G minor, BWV 995 by J.S.Bach confronted with the fusion of baroque dance vocabulary and personal movement expression.

Creation dance in dialogue with the Chaconne from the second Partita for solo violin in D minor, BWV 1004 by J.S. Bach.


Xavier Díaz-Latorre

(Barcelona 1968) has become one of major figures in the interpretation of early music within the international concert scene.

He has done many recordings, of which we can specially mention the 3 CD ‘s box of the complete works by Francisco Guerau (Passacaille, 2013), Sones de Palacio y Danças de rasgueado (Cantus-records, 2013) dedicated to the work of Gaspar Sanz and recorded together with the percussionist Pedro Estevan and the Lion Guitar recording project, commissioned by the Museu de la Música de Barcelona and was recorded with the museum’s guitar collection (Cantus-records, 2014). Xavier Diaz-Latorre has made numerous recordings with renowned international groups like Hesperion XXI or la Capella Reial de Catalunya, where he is a member since 1997.

Xavier Diaz-Latorre has been invited to give master classes at the most important institutions for early music world, such as the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, USC in California or the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki. He is professor of early plucked instruments at the Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya in Barcelona( ESMUC).


Tanja Skok

Formally trained at the London Contemporary Dance School (UK), is a dancer, choreographer, dance pedagogue, specialized in early dance. Her solo artistic work includes collaboration with painters, musicians, actors, visual artists and film directors. She danced in various productions related to early dance such as opera “Amadis de Gaulle“ by Johann Christian Bach produced by Opera Comique in Paris and the Royal Opera of Versailles. She is regularly involved in projects of early music ensemble Capella Carniola (SLO) and Laberintos Ingeniosos (ESP). As a choreographer she created several full-length pieces, exploring the early dance tradition in contemporary context: “Bassa continua“ (Ljubljana, 2005), “Barok“ (Ljubljana 2007), “Patricia’s Lace“ (Montenegro, 2007), “Dance Macabre“ (Switzerland, 2012) and most recently: “BACH eMotion“, a duet with baroque lute player Xavier Díaz-Latorre from Spain (2014, 2016). She also worked as movement consulter and choreographer for various theatre productions in Slovene National Theatre Drama in Ljubljana, Slovene National Theatre of Nova Gorica, Glej theatre in Ljubljana and Theatre KIC in Podgorica, Montenegro. As a dance pedagogue she has been active all over Slovenia, and abroad (Austria, Italy, France, UK, Germany, Russia, Croatia, Montenegro), both in the fields of contemporary dance and early dance forms.

She is a member of consulting and pedagogical team for the international project “eeemerging“ (Emerging European Ensembles) directed by Ambronay Cultural Encounter Centre in France and is regularly teaching at the International Summer Academy for Early Music and Dance Musica Locopolitana (SLO). Currently she is also developing her own program Skok v Barok. Since 2009 she is also engaged as Rehearsal Director for contemporary dance ensemble EnKnapGroup in Ljubljana.