Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker/Rosas [BE]
12.04 – 15.04.2018
Achterland (1990) is a seminal dance production in Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s oeuvre: it is her first choreography specifically created for men. Three male dancers joined Rosas, which at the time was still a predominantly female company. The minimalism and dominant femininity of early Rosas pieces gave way to an ambiguous no-man’s-land in which boundaries and signs were blurred. Young girls wear women’s clothes and a woman dances in a man’s shirt while young men eagerly imitate the dancing women, all set to playful and virtuoso music by Györgi Ligeti and Eugène Ysaÿe. The violinist and pianist on the stage not only interpret the score, but also play an active role in the dance performance – an approach that De Keersmaeker would repeat in many subsequent choreographies.
choreography Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker | danced by (alternating) Laura Bachman, Lav Crnčević, Léa Dubois, José Paulo dos Santos, Anika Edström Kawaji, Bilal El Had, Frank Gizycki, Robin Haghi, Yuika Hashimoto, Laura Maria Poletti, Soa Ratsifandrihana, Luka Švajda | music György Ligeti (8 Etudes for solo piano), Eugène Ysaÿe (Sonatas 1, 3 & 4 for solo violin) | musicians Wilhem Latchoumia/Joonas Ahonen (piano), Juan María Braceras/Naaman Sluchin (violin) | set Herman Sorgeloos | lighting design Jean-Luc Ducourt | costumes Ann Weckx | production Rosas | co-production 1990 De Munt/La Monnaie (Brussels), Stichting Van Gogh 1990, Rotterdamse Schouwburg, Théâtre de la Ville (Paris) | co-production 2018 De Munt/La Monnaie (Brussels), Concertgebouw Brugge | world premiere 27/11/90, La Monnaie/De Munt (Brussels)