Archive for Rosas

Trying to maximize the minimum: ‘Partita 2’, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker & Boris Charmatz

Posted in dance with tags , , , , , on May 18, 2013 by Utopia Parkway


One doesn’t need to do a lot, to make a big impression. Just turn out the lights, for instance. It is the simple but clever way Partita 2 starts, a collaboration between choreographers Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker and Boris Charmatz, and acclaimed violinist Amandine Beyer, based on a violin partita by J.S. Bach. It premiered at Kaaitheater (Brussels) during the Kunstenfestivaldesarts. For the first part of the piece the audience sits in the dark, listening to Beyer playing Bach in the dark. The beauty of it? You’re in a big theatre, but it feels as if Beyer is playing for your ears only.

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When classical and contemporary meet, and Paris and Brussels clash: ‘Rain’, the documentary

Posted in dance, film with tags , , , , , on October 20, 2012 by Utopia Parkway

However magical the world of dance may be, it stays difficult to capture it on film. It was once again what I was thinking while I was watching Rain, a new documentary by Gerard-Jan Claes & Olivia Rochette. The film tries to portray the meeting of two different worlds, as it follows the classically trained dancers of the Ballet de l’Opéra National de Paris trying to master Rain, one of the emblematic works by Belgian contemporary choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker. In for beautiful images and a poetic mood? Then you’ll probably like it. Looking for more? Then you might be disappointed. At least I was.

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Dancing and singing at the break of dawn: slowly waking up to Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s ‘Cesena’ (Avignon)

Posted in dance with tags , , , , , , , , , , on July 17, 2011 by Utopia Parkway

Bonne nuit!, I heard the last party people on the quiet and empty streets of the French city of Avignon say to each other. Bonne nuit? Good morning, that is. While they were going to bed, at 4AM, I was walking towards that ancient Palais Des Papes, for the world premiere of Cesena, the newest performance by Belgian choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, presented at the Festival d’Avignon. Hers is a stunt everybody over here is talking about: Cesena – performed in open air – is using only the natural light the sun brings. It starts (at 5AM) when it’s still dark and when it’s over, two hours later, the day has come.

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Twilight in black and white: ‘En Atendant’ (Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker/Rosas)

Posted in dance with tags , , , , , on September 28, 2010 by Utopia Parkway

When I close my eyes, I see that ghost disappear in the dark. Again. And again. To start with the end for once: the last scene of En Atendant, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker‘s new performance, left me breathless, at De Munt/La Monnaie (Brussels). The austerity and quietness that hangs over this performance – originally created for this summer’s Festival d’Avignon – may not be to everybody’s liking, but Rosas fans will, once again, find it hard to shake off En Atendant‘s spell.

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‘3Abschied’ (Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker & Jérôme Bel): an unusual evening full of surprises

Posted in dance with tags , , , , , , , , , on February 18, 2010 by Utopia Parkway

Warning: if you’re planning to go to 3Abschied, don’t read this review. Not a single word. Stop. Here. Because everything you’ll read, will spoil your evening. Go there. Know nothing. Just let yourself be taken away by this unusual, radical, honest, strong and touching collaboration between Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker and Jérôme Bel, both trying to find an answer to Gustav Mahler‘s legendary piece of music Der Abschied.

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Les SlovaKs are a bit too fond of their roots

Posted in dance with tags , , , , , on November 21, 2009 by Utopia Parkway

Les SlovaKs. With such a name, you’d almost think they are a circus act. But no: Les SlovaKs Dance Collective consists of five dancers who have performed with contemporary dance companies such as Rosas, Ultima Vez (Wim Vandekeybus) and Akram Khan Company. As I had missed the first performance of these gifted guys, I was really curious to see their new one, Journey Home. It premiered yesterday at Brussels’ Kaaitheater.

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Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker creates beauty out of emptiness in new Rosas-performance ‘The Song’

Posted in dance with tags , , , , , , , , , on June 26, 2009 by Utopia Parkway


For quite some time, you wait for it to happen. But in the end, it never happens. The music never kicks in, during Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker ‘s impressive new creation The Song, which premiered at Théâtre de la Ville in Paris. Call it a bold move, for a choreographer who’s been applauded for her use of music, be it classical, jazz or minimalistic. And that’s not the only surprise.

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