Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker / Rosas

© Anne Van Aerschot


October 29, 2019

Artist talk in English
Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker in conversation with Elena Filipovic (Director Kunsthalle Basel)

Free admission

Workshop RE:ROSAS!
November 16, 11 am – 1 pm

free admission, registration required

Led by a dancer from Rosas, the audience will rehearse an interpretation of the legendary piece Rosas danst Rosas (1983) by Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, which began with Beyoncé’s plagiarism in her music video Countdown in 2011 and is now circulating worldwide on the Internet in hundreds of variations.Within the frameworks of the exhibition, a joint project of the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen and the tanzhaus nrw will take place with school students from Düsseldorf.

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Cooperation: "Konstellationen"

"Konstellationen" is a cooperation between the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen and the tanzhaus nrw in Düsseldorf, the Museum Folkwang and PACT Zollverein in Essen, the Museum Ludwig and Zentrum für Zeitgenössischen Tanz an der Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln within the frameworks of „100 jahre bauhaus im westen", State of North Rhine-Westphalia as well as Landschaftsverbände Rheinland (LVR) and Westfalen-Lippe (LWL), funded by Ministerium für Kultur und Wissenschaft des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen. Patron is Isabel Pfeiffer-Poensgen, Minister of Culture and Science of the German State of North Rhine-Westphalia.


Fase, Four Movements to the Music of Steve Reich

K20, Grabbe Halle
October 29 – November 10, 2019

During opening hours: starting every hour from 12 noon
Free admission

The internationally renowned Belgian choreographer and dancer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker (b. 1960) is one of the most important representatives of the international dance scene and has been making a decisive contribution to the development of contemporary dance for many years with her award-winning works. She has now developed an adapted version of her todayiconic choreography Fase, Four Movements to the Music of Steve Reich for the Grabbe Halle of K20.

With this performance, originally conceived in 1982, De Keersmaeker established at an early stage her own choreographic language, the basic elements of which still characterize her pieces, which are celebrated worldwide. In these, De Keersmaeker explores the complex, interwoven relationships between dance and music and, deriving from this, the creative work of the body with minimalist, repetitive structures and variations in space and time.

Fase is based on four compositions by Steve Reich (b. 1936), the legendary New York-based composer and co-founder of minimal music — Piano Phase (1967), Come Out (1966), Violin Phase (1967), and Clapping Music (1972)—and takes up the principle of phase shifting through tiny variations. The strictly structured arrangement of the four movements of different lengths, comprisingthree duets and one solo, is based on geometric circular and line structures, which the two dancers use as orientation for their fast, minimalistically reduced and repetitive movements. The fascinating interplay of perfectly synchronized movement sequences and constantly changing forms and patterns creates a dynamic tension between the two bodies, which in some cases act in opposition and offset to each other.

For her two-week presentation at the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, De Keersmaeker now for the first time breaks down her composition, originally conceived as a coherent stage version, both spatially and temporally into its four components. During the opening hours of the museum, starting every hour from 12:00 noon, the individual movements of the choreography will be danced one after the other on four gray, nine-by-nine-meter platforms by four dancers from the Rosas Company, founded by the choreographer in Brussels in 1983.

Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker has a special relationship with Fase. She had danced the piece herself for thirty-six years before handing it over to a younger generation of dancers last year. In this new form, conceived specifically for the exhibition space, Fase once again celebrates its premiere, so to speak, in the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen.

A cooperation between the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen and the tanzhaus nrw within the frameworks of "Konstellationen" / "100 jahre bauhaus im westen."

On stage at tanzhaus nrw:
9 November, 2019, 8 p.m.



Premiere of the new version


Choreography: Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker
Performance (alternating): Yuika Hashimoto, Laura Maria Poletti, Laura Bachman, Soa Ratsifandrihana
Steve Reich: Piano Phase (1967), Come Out (1966), Violin Phase (1967), Clapping Music (1972) 
Costumes coordinator: Heide Vanderieck
Artistic assistant:
Martine Lange
Rehearsal Director: Tale Dolven
Technicians: Michael Smets, Gabel Eiben
World Premiere: 18.03.1982 Beursschouwburg (Brussels)
Producer (1982): Schaamte vzw (Brussels), Avila vzw (Brussels) 
De Munt / La Monnaie (Brussels), Sadler's Wells (London), Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg, Théâtre de la Ville (Paris)
Rosas is supported by the Flemish Community and by the BNP Paribas Foundation.