A living legend in the Western dance world, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker goes back in time to create a magnificent blend of dance and music. Incredibly beautiful.
At the moment when the day slips inexorably into night, 12 performers, dancers and musicians celebrate the refinement and vitality of a music created in the dark ages of the Medieval world,ars subtilior. “While waiting, I must endure grevious pain / And live, languishing: it is my fate”, laments a ballad that opens this dance of vibrant bodies intimately engaged with sound. With the body as calligraphy, they inscribe the music onto the space with a sprightly, lissom touch. With exhilarating polyrhythms, both fiery and restrained and in solo and ensemble voice, they incarnate the musical notes, making them resonate even into silence. A bridge between the Middle Ages and the 21st century, a magnificent linking of dance and music.
A living legend in the Western dance world, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker will be presenting a double bill at the FTA with En Atendant and Cesena. This incredibly beautiful work flows like a long but far from tranquil river.
PRODUCED BY ROSAS
CHOREOGRAPHY ANNE TERESA DE KEERSMAEKER
CO-CREATED AND PERFORMED BY BOSTJAN ANTONCIC + CARLOS GARBIN + CYNTHIA LOEMIJ + MARK LORIMER + MIKAEL MARKLUND + CHRYSA PARKINSON + SANDY WILLIAMS + SUE-YEON YOUN
RECORDERS BART COEN + MICHAEL SCHMID
VIELLE BIRGIT GORIS
VOCALS ANNELIES VAN GRAMBEREN / POLINE RENOU
SET DESIGN MICHEL FRANÇOIS
COSTUME DESIGN ANNE-CATHERINE KUNZ
COPRODUCTION LA MONNAIE (BRUSSELLS) + GREC FESTIVAL DE BARCELONA + GRAND THÉÂTRE DE LUXEMBOURG + THÉÂTRE DE LA VILLE (PARIS) + FESTIVAL D’AVIGNON + CONCERTGEBOUW BRUGGE
WRITTEN BY FABIENNE CABADO
TRANSLATED BY NEIL KROETSCH
ANNE TERESA DE KEERSMAEKER (BRUXELLES)
Mathematics of Space and Time
A leading figure in contemporary dance renowned for her acute understanding of music, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker established an international reputation in the early 1980s with her duo Fase, Four Movements to the Music of Steve Reich (presented in 2008 at Usine C), and the ensemble piece Rosas danst Rosas, which was the inspiration for the name of her company. In 1995 Rosas worked with the prestigious Théâtre de la Monnaie in Brussels – where she was artist in residence from 1992 to 2007 – to create the acclaimed international school P.A.R.T.S. (Performing Arts Research and Training Studios), training many up-and-coming artists. A regular presence (five different editions) at the FIND festival, her company will be appearing this year at the FTA with two recent works.
Initially characterized by repetitive combinations and cyclical energy, the work of Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker has evolved toward forms strongly marked by rhythmic complexity and spatial geometry. Punctuated by incursions into the world of film, her career has involved both abstract pieces of pure dance such as Fase, Rain and Drumming, and multidisciplinary presentations that integrate text, voice and filmed images, works such as Elena’s Aria andStella. Her style is precise, rigorous and energetic. Over the years she has established a close working relationship with the composer Steve Reich, and her other musical influences range from Monteverdi to Ligeti, Mozart and Coltrane. After choreographing silence in The Song and plunging into the romanticism of the 19th century in 3Abschied (co-created with Jérôme Bel), she has recently gone back in time to explore ars subtilior in En Atendant (2010) and Cesena(2011).