My Breathing is My Dancing

8/05 – 17:00 + 19:00
9/05 – 13:00 + 15:00 + 17:00
10/05 – 13:00 + 15:00 + 17:00
14/05 – 13:00 + 15:00 + 17:00

On the occasion of Work/Travail/Arbeid, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker has worked at WIELS for nine weeks. Following “my walking is my dancing,” the choreographic principle of her recent performances, Atendant, Cesena, Partita 2 and Vortex Temporum, and “my talking is my dancing,” in which words lay at the origin of Golden Hours (As you like it), this time she foregrounds the music that provides “breathing” for her “dancing.” Salvatore Sciarrino’s L’Opera per flauto a masterly invention of voices and instrumental gestures between silence and murmuring noises played by Chryssi Dimitriou offers her the first impulse to dance in the steps of the flutist’s breath. Coming out of the humble shadow of music, De Keersmaeker unfolds a silent concert of space, a vectorial dance that draws an expansive kinesphere. An elegant study on motion from breath to space.
Work in progress / progress in work

Created during the exhibition
Work/Travail/Arbeid at WIELS

Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, Marie Goudot, Chryssi Dimitriou, Femke Gyselinck, Thierry Bae, Bojana Cvejic

Salvatore Sciarrino, Opera per flauto
– Immagine fenicia
– All’aure in una lontananza
Johann Sebastian Bach, Partita for flute
– Allemande

Technical coordination & costumes

Kunstenfestivaldesarts, WIELS

Rosas (Brussels)

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In 1980, after studying at the Mudra Dance School in Brussels and the Tisch School of the Arts in New York, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker (b. 1960) created Asch , her first choreographic work. Two years later came the premiere of Fase, Four Movements to the Music of Steve Reich , one of the most influential pieces of choreography of that era. In 1983, De Keersmaeker set up the company Rosas, while creating the work Rosas danst Rosas . Her work focuses on the relationship between dance and music, and often incorporates the works of composers from several periods. While Rosas was in residency at La Monnaie (1992-2007), De Keersmaeker also directed a number of operas. The relationship between dance and the spoken word is another thread running through her oeuvre. Her more recent productions have been characterised by collaborations with visual artists. In 1995, De Keersmaeker established the P.A.R.T.S. dance school, in association with La Monnaie.

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