Work / Travail / Arbeid

20/03 > 17/05
Wednesday-Sunday 11:00 > 18:00
Opening 19/03 – 18:30
Nocturne every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month – 11:00 > 21:00

Can a choreography be presented in the form of an exhibition? This question forms the basis of Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s latest project. The theatre and the museum are distinguished from one another by their conditions of space, time and perception. A dance show deals with time (that of the spectator, that of the performer) as an experience with a given start and a given end point; in contrast, an exhibition is rarely experienced for the entirety of its duration. The reflection on this difference has led Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker to use Vortex Temporum (2013) – a Rosas show particularly concerned with time – as the basis for Work/Travail/Arbeid. The choreography has been reinvented for a nine-week exhibition that can be seen continually during WIELS’ opening hours. Questioning the protocol of the museum as much as that of performing arts, Work/Travail/Arbeid invites the spectator to share the space-time of dancers and musicians at work .

WIELS & Rosas

Concept & choreography
Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker

Initiated by

Elena Filipovic

Supported by
BNP Paribas Fortis, BNP Paribas Fortis Foundation, and Rolex Institute

Co-production (Brussels)
De Munt/La Monnaie, BOZAR, Kaaitheater, Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Ictus

Opening as part of
Performatik 2015

Artistic consultant
Ann Veronica Janssens

Bojana Cvejić

Artistic assistant
Femke Gyselinck

Boštjan Antončič, Balázs Busa, Carlos Garbin, Marie Goudot, Cynthia Loemij, Sarah Ludi, Julien Monty, Michaël Pomero, Camille Prieux, Gabriel Schenker, Igor Shyshko, Denis Terrasse, Thomas Vantuycom, Samantha van Wissem

Jean-Luc Plouvier (piano), Chryssi Dimitriou (flute), Dirk Descheemaeker (clarinet), Igor Semenoff (violin), Jeroen Robbrecht (viola), Geert De Bièvre (cello)

Music directors
Diego Borrello, Georges-Elie Octors

Vortex Temporum, Gérard Grisey (1996)

Anne-Catherine Kunz

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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