"Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker" tag
Rihoko Sato in Sleeping Water.© Jean Michel Blasco. (Click image for larger version)

Saburo Teshigawara / KARAS – Sleeping Water – New York

★★✰✰✰   There are dances that one figures out in the first five minutes. Hope as one might that the piece will evolve or turn a corner, it soldiers on in the same vein, section after section, until the end.

Rosas in Rain.© Anne Van Aerschot. (Click image for larger version)

Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker / Rosas – Rain – London

★★★★★ It’s utterly captivating, full of unexpected, joyous exuberance.

Nicholas Sciscione and Joshua Tuason in Untitled Touch.© Julie Lemberger. (Click image for larger version)

Stephen Petronio Company – Bloodlines: works by Rainer, Paxton, Halprin, Petronio – New York

★★★✰✰   Two interesting impulses have been evident in the modern and post-modern dance scene in New York of late….
(Works danced: Diagonal, Trio A With Flags, Chair-Pillow, Excerpt from Goldberg Variations, The Courtesan and the Crone, Untitled Touch)

Euripides Laskaridis' Relic.© Evi Fylaktou. (Click image for larger version)

London International Mime Festival – Works by Joli Vyann, Compagnie MPTA, Compagnie Mossoux Bonté, Euripides Laskaridis, Charleroi Danses

From ★★★★★’s to ★★✰✰✰   Works by Joli Vyann, Compagnie MPTA, Compagnie Mossoux Bonté, Euripides Laskaridis and Charleroi Danses.

Hagit Yakira.© Camilla Greenwell. (Click image for larger version)

5 Questions to Hagit Yakira about her latest tour and approach to creating dance

Founded eight years ago Hagit Yakira Dance are steadily becoming more widely known as they tour increasingly – which is what they are currently doing. We have a word with the boss about this particular tour and her approach to creating accessible and entertaining work…

Adriana Borriello's Col Corpo Capisco.© Francesca Lanaro. (Click image for larger version)

Venice Biennale Danza 2016 – Part 2: Works by Borriello, Russo, Monga, Schenker, Hugonnet, Quesada, Linehan

From ★★★★’s to ★   Works by Adriana Borriello, Lara Russo, Camilla Monga, Gabriel Schenker, Yasmin Hugonnet, Albert Quesada and Daniel Linehan

Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker's Vortex Temporum.© Anne Van Aerschot. (Click image for larger version)

Venice Biennale Danza 2016 – Part 1: Works by Ninarello/Kinzelman, Belaza, Gat, Jeyasingh, De Keersmaeker

From ★★★★’s to ★★   Works by Daniele Ninarello and Dan Kinzelman, Nacera Belaza, Emanuel Gat, Shobana Jeyasingh and Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker

Aron Blom in Golden Hours (As You Like It).© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker/ Rosas – Golden Hours (As you like it) – London

★✰✰✰✰ This abstract, largely silent interpretation of As You Like It ( a Shakespeare comedy I have never seen danced before) was so unintelligible that I might as well have been hearing it spoken in Urdu.

Rosas in Golden Hours (As You Like It).© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker / Rosas in Golden Hours (As You Like It)

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker and Boris Charmatz in Partita 2.© Anne Van Aerschot. (Click image for larger version)

Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker and Boris Charmatz – Partita 2 – New York

Like her recent “Cesena and En Atendant”, “Partita 2” is very much about the experience of listening.

Ben Duke in Paradise Lost (lies unopened beside me).© Zoe Manders. (Click image for larger version)

Lost Dog / Ben Duke – Paradise Lost (lies unopened beside me) – London

Paradise describes both the Garden of Eden and Heaven. It can also mean a park in which animals are kept or a state of supreme bliss.

Rosas in Elena's Aria.© Herman Sorgeloos. (Click image for larger version)

Rosas / Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker – Elena’s Aria and Bartok/Mikrokosmos – New York

…I think it’s safe to say that she is an artist who follows her obsessions with a tenacity that is both admirable and frequently defeating.

Rosas in Rosas danst Rosas.© Herman Sorgeloos. (Click image for larger version)

Rosas / Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker – Rosas danst Rosas – New York

Watching Rosas danst Rosas this weekend it was easy to understand why it still stands as a prime example of De Keersmaeker’s choreographic approach.

Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker and Tale Dolven in Fase, Four Movements to the Music of Steve Reich.© Stephanie Berger. (Click image for larger version)

Rosas / Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker – Fase – New York

Reich’s score is, of course, a constant pulse. De Keersmaeker provides no rest for the senses. She matches Reich in density and motion. It is mimicry of the highest order.

Publicty image for Kiss & Cry.© Marteen Vanden Abeele. (Click image for larger version)

Charleroi Danses – Kiss & Cry – London

The result is enchantingly low-tech, re-created afresh at every performance

Rosas and Ictus in Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker's Vortex Temporum.© Anne Van Aerschot. (Click image for larger version)

Rosas & Ictus (Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker) – Vortex Temporum – London

…while I may have successfully held my own for the first two rounds, I’d been soundly beaten by the end.

Darrin M. Wright, Luke Miller, Ching-I Chang, Christopher Adams and Kristin Clotfelter in Play/Pause.© Stephanie Berger. (Click image for larger version)

Susan Marshall & Company – Play/Pause – New York

The gulf between commercial dance – the kind one sees in TV ads, music videos, and on shows like So You Think You Can Dance – and theatrical dance is disconcerting….

Carlos Garbin, Mark Lorimer, Chrysa Parkinson, Sue Yeon Youn and Sandy Williams in En Atendant.© Stephanie Berger. (Click image for larger version)

Rosas / Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker – En Atendant, Cesena – New York

…for all that, the experience of watching En Atendant and Cesena was not an arid one. Instead, the two works managed to build an ascetic aura, like witnessing (or even taking part in) a kind of monastic ritual.

Rosas in Cesena.© Anne Van Aarschot. (Click image for larger version)

Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker | Rosas – Cesena – London

Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s diptych – hinged by the night – is a paean to medievalism which emphasises the crucial aspects of those times.

Rosas in publicty image for En Atendant and Cesena.© Anne_Van_Aarschot. (Click image for larger version)

Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker | Rosas – En Atendant – London

I can’t help but feel cheated at missing this day into dusk on a summer’s evening in Avignon and waking up to its counterpart the next morning.

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