21.12 – 23.12.2010
A flock of starlings
Nine men and one woman whirl across the stage like a flock of starlings, free, completely liberated in the air. The configurations change at lightning speed and are impossible to describe… The fundamental idea is to find the way back to the essence of what a performance can be. To create The Song, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker cooperated with the artists Ann Veronica Janssens and Michel François. Just as the choreography returns to the essence of the body, the stage is illuminated from a single source of light, and the space is defined by a single curtain which makes a movement at crucial moments. There is a great deal of silence in The Song until a sound effects woman abruptly awakens our hearing with a few sounds. Towards the end of the performance a song is literally born: a Beatles song from the White Album.
• The Song speaks of a return of these artists to their sources, but also of our chaotic, transforming world. We are pleased to be putting this impressive and radical performance on the bill again.
Extra: The Song Unplugged + Party: 23/12 (Kaaicafé - free entrance)
After the end of the last performance, the dancers are offering a free concert: in the Kaaicafé they will perform 'unplugged' versions of their favourite Beatles songs.
a performance by Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, Ann Veronica Janssens, Michel François | created with and performed by Pieter Ampe, Bostjan Antoncic, Eleanor Bauer, Carlos Garbin, Matej Kejzar, Mark Lorimer, Mikael Marklund, Simon Mayer, Michael Pomero, Sandy Williams | foley artist Céline Bernard | scenography Ann Veronica Janssens, Michel François | costumes Anne-Catherine Kunz | rehearsal director Muriel Hérault | dramaturgy Claire Diez | musical advisors Eugénie De Mey, Kris Dane | foley artist advisor Olivier Thys | assistants to the artistic director Anne Van Aerschot, Femke Gyselinck | production management Johan Penson, assisted by Tom Van Aken | technicians Simo Reynders, Jan Herinckx, Davy Deschepper, Bardia Mohammad, Wannes De Rydt | sound Alex Fostier, Vanessa Court | thanks to Jérôme Bel, Tim Etchells, Alain Franco, Deborah Hay, Chrysa Parkinson, Rita Poelvoorde, Michael Schmid, Philippe Van Leer | production Rosas | co-production De Munt / La Monnaie Brussels, Théâtre de la Ville Paris, Grand Théâtre de Luxembourg, Concertgebouw Brugge | co-presentation Rosas, De Munt / La Monnaie, Kaaitheater