We have hardly dared to draw breath— The Guardian
Drumming (1998) is one of Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s most iconic choreographies, accompanied by Steve Reich’s minimalistic percussion score of the same name. The music, here performed live by Ictus, starts with a single rhythmic motif, which subsequently multiplies and unfolds into a never-ending volley of canons. The choreographic complexity of the dance was devised in a similar fashion: a single movement phrase serves as the foundation for an infinite number of variations across time and space. When the music stops and the bodies come to a halt, the audience realises what it has witnessed: a wave of pure dance and pure sound, a vortex of vital energy.
Choreography Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker
Danced by Rosas
Music Steve Reich 'Drumming'
Music direction Georges-Elie Octors
Set and lighting design Jan Versweyveld
Costumes Dries Van Noten
Production 1998 Rosas, De Munt / La Monnaie (Brussel/Bruxelles/Brussels), La Bâtie – Festival de Genève
Co-production De Munt / La Monnaie (Brussel/Bruxelles/Brussels), Sadler’s Wells (Londen/Londres/London), Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg
Premiere 07.08.1998 ImpulsTanz Wien