Golden Hours (As you like it)
Shakespeare meets Brian Eno
What happens when Shakespeare’s rhythmic and poetic visual language becomes dance? How do you embody the act of listening to a partner who is speaking to you through dance, but otherwise remains silent? With the double title Golden Hours (As you like it), Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker alludes to an encounter between Brian Eno’s ambient album Another Green World and Shakespeare’s eccentric comedy As You Like It. In the play, two enamoured characters escape back to nature – to the idyllic Forest of Arden where time stands still – away from a corrupt royal court.
An enchanted world full of capricious characters unfolds during an intrigue comprised of glances, amorous gestures and steps. Delicately balancing between formal abstraction and concrete gestures, they dance uninterruptedly through their intricate entanglements, masquerades, temptations and misunderstandings. Golden Hours (As you like it) draws you into the intensity and sensuality of a mildly ironic world, where the characters speak a language that doesn’t need deciphering to be grasped, yet isn’t pantomime.
choreography Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker | created with and danced by Aron Blom, Linda Blomqvist, Tale Dolven, Carlos Garbin, Tarek Halaby, Mikko Hyvönen, Veli Lehtovaara, Sandra Ortega Bejarano, Elizaveta Penkova, Georgia Vardarou, Sue-Yeon Youn | music Brian Eno | scenography Ann Veronica Janssens | lighting design Luc Schaltin | dramaturgy Bojana Cvejić | artistic assistant Femke Gyselinck | costumes Anne-Catherine Kunz | production Rosas | co-production De Munt/La Monnaie (Brussels), Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg, Théâtre de la Ville (Paris), Sadler’s Wells (London), Steirischer Herbst (Graz), Ruhrtriennale 2015, Concertgebouw Brugge, Festival Montpellier Danse 2015, Kaaitheater (Brussels)