7:30 p.m. Tickets
ANNE TERESA DE KEERSMAEKER
STEVE REICH EVENING with the ICTUS music ensemble
Repetition, extension and recycling are essential to Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker's work. The spiral is with certainty the central figure in her choreographies as if to say "repeat yourself, to better get away from yourself."
This individuality also characterizes her "Steve Reich Evening", 25 years of dancing in the mirror of one of her favorite composers, Steve Reich. But this is not simply a retrospective.
As a prologue, before the dancers and musicians emerge from the shadows, Steve Reich's "Pendulum Music", his "Installation" from 1968. Then "Marimba Phase" develops - spiraling - from this for two drums and then flows into "Piano Phase" for two pianos and two dancers. This part of the choreography is from 1982 and remains in the repertory after hundreds of performances.
Two other choreographies to Steve Reich's music were created for this evening: "Four Organ" and "Eight Lines", a long brilliant ostinato with two pianos, a "classical prototype of Reich's compositions".
The choreography continually remains true to Reich's music, yet it takes it further in a plethora of incursions and with amazing lightness.
Born in Mechtelen near Antwerp, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker ranks among the most famous younger-generation choreographers in the world. She studied music and dance with Maurice Béjart in Brussels before moving to New York. In 1983 she established her own company "Rosas" and a dance school in Brussels. The "Rosas" ensemble originally consisted only of women, but now also includes male dancers.
The ICTUS music ensemble from Brussels has performed new music on stages around the world for many years. It has been collaborating with Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker and "Rosas" since 1994.
Production: Rosas & De Munt / La Monnaie
Co-production: Grand Théâtre de la Ville / Luxemburg, Théâtre de la Ville / Paris