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Dance

Achterland

Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, Rosas

Presentation

Achterland is a seminal choreography in Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s highly individual body of work, as it contains the fruit of what preceded it as well as the seeds of what was to follow. It was for this 1990 production that De Keersmaeker first wrote specific dance material for men, adding three male dancers to her then predominantly female company. The dominant femininity and minimalism of several earlier Rosas pieces gives way to an ambiguous no-man’s-land, in which a playful blurring of boundaries and signs is undertaken. Young girls wear ladies’ clothes, a woman dances wearing a man’s shirt, a man uses the female dance idiom – all joyously immersed in music written by György Ligeti and Eugène Ysaÿe. The violinist and pianist performing these scores are positioned in the middle of the stage. They are not only musicians, but are actively involved in the theatrical dance play, an approach that De Keersmaeker would repeat in many subsequent works.

Music
  • György Ligeti 8 Etudes for solo piano (1985–2001)
  • Eugène Ysaÿe Sonates pour violon seul, op. 27 / 1, 3 & 4 (1923)
Cast
Cast

ChoreographyANNE TERESA DE KEERSMAEKER

ScenographyHERMAN SORGELOOS
Light designJEAN-LUC DUCOURT
CostumesANN WECKX

PianoWILHEM LATCHOUMIA / JOONAS AHONEN
ViolinJUAN MARÍA BRACERAS / NAAMAN SLUCHIN

Danced by
ROSAS

ProductionROSAS
Co-production 1990LA MONNAIE / DE MUNT, STICHTING VAN GOGH 1990, ROTTERDAMSE SCHOUWBURG, THÉÂTRE DE LA VILLE (PARIS)
Co-production 2018CONCERTGEBOUW (BRUGGE)
Co-presentationLA MONNAIE / DE MUNT, THÉÂTRE NATIONAL, KAAITHEATER

Agenda

Agenda