Rosas & Ictus [Brussels]

Steve Reich Evening

Steve Reich Evening
Steve Reich Evening

15.11 – 22.11.2008

Minimal and complex

Rosas devotes a full evening programme to the American avant-garde composer Steve Reich. Since the start of her career Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker has had an intimate attachment to Steve Reich’s repetitive, minimalist music. His early compositions, especially those dating from the end of the 60s and early 70s, have been a great source of inspiration in the development of a new language of movement.

In one of her earliest productions, Fase, four movements to the music of Steve Reich (1982), De Keersmaeker already applied the musical principles of stratification, and minimal changes and variations in dance. De Keersmaeker herself originally danced the four parts of Fase in a solo or duet with Michèle Anne De Mey. One part from this programme, Piano Phase will be performed again by a new cast. In 1998 De Keersmaeker adapted Drumming, the four-part percussion composition by Reich, to the choreography that bears the same name. Although Fase is originally based on one or two dancers, in Drumming the rhythmic complexity and stratification of the original personnel is refined by a group of twelve dancers. Here we are presented with a revival of the first movement of Drumming.

In addition to this there are two new choreographic pieces based on works by Reich that De Keersmaeker has not yet used: Four Organs (1970, for four electric organs and maracas) and Eight Lines. The Ictus Ensemble will once again be providing the live music.

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choreography Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker | danced by and created with Anne-Lin Akselsen, Boštjan Antončič, Tale Dolven, Kosi Hidama, Kaya Kolodziejczyk , Cynthia Loemij, Mark Lorimer, Moya Michael, Elisaveta Penkova, Zsuzsa Rozsavölgyi, Igor Shyshko, Clinton Stringer, Sue-Yeon Youn | rehearsal director Vincent Dunoyer | rehearsal directors Drumming Marta Coronado, Ursula Robb | music Steve Reich, György Ligeti | music performed live by Ictus Ensemble: Jean-Luc Plouvier (keyboard, piano), Jean-Luc Fafchamps (keyboard, piano), Gerrit Nulens (keyboard, percussion), Georges-Elie Octors (keyboard, percussion), Géry Cambier (percussion), Miquel Bernat (percussion) | musical analysis Alain Franco | sound Alexandre Fostier | light Remon Fromont | set and light design Drumming after Jan Versweyveld | costumes Tim Van Steenbergen / Dries Van Noten (Drumming) / Rosas (Piano Phase) | assisted by Anne Catherine Kunz | assistant to the artistic director Anne Van Aerschot | production manager Johan Penson, assistant Tom Van Aken | coordination musicians Marieke Goetinck, Ans Wouters | assistance set and light Wannes Derydt, Davy Deschepper, Jan Herinckx, Bardia Mohammad, Simo Reynders, Jitske Vandenbussche | costume handling Emma Zune, Valerie Dewaele | thanks to Jakub Truszkowski, Steve Reich, Michèle Anne De Mey, Bart Delporte, Johanne Saunier, David Hernandez, Lance Gries, Caroline Wagner, Freek Boey, Viviane Van Dyck, Evelyne Sax, Ignace Minne | production Rosas & De Munt / La Monnaie | coproduction Grand Théâtre de la Ville de Luxembourg, Théâtre de la Ville Paris | support ministerie van de Vlaamse Gemeenschap