"Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker" tag
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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