Rosas / Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker & Alain Franco [BE]



16.12 – 19.12.2009

At the still point of the turning world. Neither flesh nor fleshless;
Neither from nor towards; at the still point, there the dance is,
But neither arrest nor movement. And do not call it fixity,
Where past and future are gathered. Neither movement from nor towards,
Neither ascent nor decline. Except for the point, the still point,
There would be no dance, and there is only the dance.

- from Four Quartets 1: Burnt Norton by T.S. Eliot

Harmony and difference

Last season, Rosas celebrated its 25th anniversary at the Kaaitheater with a rerun of their debut production Rosas danst Rosas. This season, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker's company will be our guest twice: with a new creation The Song and with Zeitung, a production that was enthusiastically received at its premiere at the beginning of 2008 in the Théâtre de la Ville in Paris.

Together with the Rosas dancers, the choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker and pianist Alain Franco go in search of the unstable combination of music and dance, choreography and improvisation, romance and disillusion. In a broad historical gesture, Bach, Schönberg and Webern traverse the geometrical principles and improvisational wild cards of the Rosas choreography. In harmony and difference, in unison or counterpoint.

Music and dance do not meet on the basis of any similarity or parallel, but on the intersection of the two. Alain Franco provides live piano accompaniment for the nine Rosas dancers. The set and lighting are by Maatschappij Discordia’s Jan Joris Lamers.

Press reviews

La Libre Belgique: ‘Après vingt ans de chorégraphie, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker revient plus que jamais à la musique et à la grâce. Tout ce que touche la chorégraphe flamande a la beauté et la classe.’

Le Monde: ‘C’est la gravité très douce de Zeitung qui émeut et laisse muet. …un pur régal …quel cadeau!’

7:00 PM

What if you don’t want to go out too late or have plans for later in the evening? Want to go home by the last tram or bus (but one)? Come and see the show on Thursday 12th, at 7:00 pm! More info >>

concept Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker & Alain Franco | choreography Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker | music Bach, Webern, Schönberg | piano Alain Franco | danced by and created with Bostjan Antoncic, Tale Dolven, Fumiyo Ikeda, Cynthia Loemij, Mark Lorimer, Moya Michael, Elizaveta Penkóva, Igor Shyshko, Sandy Williams | dance vocabulary in collaboration with David Hernandez | set and light design Jan Joris Lamers | costumes Anne-Catherine Kunz | sound Alexandre Fostier | rehearsal director Muriel Hérault | production Rosas | co-production La Monnaie / De Munt (Brussels), Théâtre de la Ville (Paris), MC2 Grenoble | thanks to Piano’s Maene for preparing and maintaining the Bösendorfer 290 Impérial | support Flemish Community