Rosas [BE]

Elena's Aria

Elena's Aria
Elena's Aria

31.03 – 03.04.2011

Early Works
In Early Works, four choreographic pieces by Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker will be shown in the space of three weeks. They are all among her earliest works, dating from 1982 to 1987: Fase, Four Movements to the Music of Steve Reich (1982), Rosas danst Rosas (1983), Elena’s Aria (1984) and Bartók/Mikrokosmos (1987). Elena’s Aria will be rerun for the first time since its creation, while the three other pieces have been on Rosas’ repertoire for some time. Anne Teresa herself will be one of the dancers in Fase and Elena’s Aria.

Elena's Aria: palpable feelings
When it was created, Elena’s Aria consisted largely of the choreographer questioning her own work, evaluating her past work and seeking a way forward. In this production, the foundation of repetitive music has disappeared and we only hear arias and noises in the background; the movements have to find their own way. Time and space are filled with feelings that are almost palpable. For the first time in Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s work, film images are projected and the spoken word is given a place on stage.

Focus Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker on Friday, April 1st
On Friday, April 1st, Marianne Van Kerkhoven (Kaaitheater dramaturge) will guide you through the oeuvre of Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker (talk in Dutch). Between the talk and the show we will satisfy your other appetites with soup and bread. Info & tickets >>

Matinee Kadee on Sunday, April 3rd
Matinee Kadee are 5 fun children’s workshops during 5 Sunday matinees for parents: while you enjoy the performance in the theatre, the children take over the rest of the Kaaitheater building. The 4 to 12s let down their hair in workshops that are both challenging and fun; younger brothers or sisters are looked after in a cosy room.

The workshops are free; you only have to buy a ticket for the performance. As there is only a limited number of places for the workshops it is necessary to book in advance! Call 02 201 59 59 or send an e-mail to

On Sunday, April 3rd, we organize a music workshop: the children make their own wind instruments and so create their very own orchestra. And then, standing on large tubs, they really let rip: the whole neighbourhood will hear them!

Full programme on

choreography Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker | danced by Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, Tale Dolven, Fumiyo Ikeda, Cynthia Loemij, Samantha Van Wissen | created with Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, Michèle Anne De Mey, Nadine Ganase, Roxane Huilmand, Fumiyo Ikeda | music E.
Di Capua, Vieni sul mar, O sole mio, Santa Lucia; G. Bizet, Pêcheurs de
perles; G. Donizetti, Lucia di Lammermoor; W. A. Mozart, Sonata c-dur
KV 545 facile / andante, played live by Friedrich Gulda | light design Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker | reconstruction film Aliocha Van der Avoort | costumes 1984 Rosas, Annette De Wilde | costumes rerun Anne-Catherine Kunz | rehearsal director Fumiyo Ikeda, Muriel Hérault, Nadine Ganase | assistant to the artistic director Anne Van Aerschot | production manager Johan Penson assisted by Willem de Coster | technicians Jan Herinckx, Simo Reynders, Wannes De Rydt, Michael Smets | world premiere 18/10/1984, Koninklijke Vlaamse Schouwburg (Brussels) | production 1984 Rosas, Schaamte vzw (Brussels), Klapstuk (Leuven) in association with Festival van Vlaanderen | coproduction Early Works Rosas & Sadler’s Wells (London) | co-presentation Rosas, De Munt / La Monnaie & Kaaitheater | thanks to
Michèle Anne De Mey, Ann Driesen, Isabelle Errera, Valentina Nelissen,
Herman Sorgeloos, Serge Vandenhove, Frank Vandezande, Marianne Van
Kerkhoven, Sue-Yeon Youn