Ottone / Ottone

After turning to the theatre (cf. the Medea production), Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker ventured into the world of opera. Ottone, Ottone opened in 1988 and was De Keersmaeker’s first ‘large-scale’ project: based on Nikolaus Harnoncourt’s interpretation of Claudio Monteverdi’s opera L’Incoronazione di Poppea, it was performed by a cast of 16. The transformation of the […]

Rosas danst Rosas

In 1983, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker had her international breakthrough with Rosas danst Rosas, a performance that has since become a benchmark in the history of postmodern dance. Rosas danst Rosas builds on the minimalism initiated in Fase (1982): abstract movements constitute the basis of a layered choreographic structure in which repetition plays the lead […]

Partita 2

Partita 2 stems from a peculiar delight: what happens when two choreographers, famed for directing many bodies, rejoice in their love for their own dancing, which might be a greater urge for them than the choreographing they excel at? A collaboration of equals, to begin with, even if Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker creates a choreographic […]


Avignon, Cour d’honneur, 4.30 in the morning. This promises to be an uncommon experience: the city still sleeping, the day dawning, so favourable to a face-to-face encounter, frank and direct, between singers and dancers, between 14th-century music and today’s public. The choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker and the artistic director of the Graindelavoix vocal ensemble, […]

The Six Brandenburg Concertos

During her 1980 stay in New York, in which she first rehearsed her celebrated Violin Phase to the music of Steve Reich, the only other recording playing in Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s studio was the Brandenburg Concertos by J.S. Bach. Thirty-five years later, De Keersmaeker continues her work with the piece. “Like no other, Bach’s […]


New York composer Steve Reich’s percussions provide a mesmerizingly rhythmical score for Drumming Live, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s ballet created in 1998 by the Rosas Company, and performed today by the dancers of the Paris Opera Ballet. Like Rain, which entered the Ballet’s repertoire in 2011, Drumming Live is one of the choreographer’s most abstract works […]

Three ballets by Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker

Each dancer is like a musical instrument with its own sonority and colour. Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker This triptych spans ten years of creation (from 1986 to 1995) and bears witness to Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s remarkable dialogues with the great scores of classical music. The term “dialogue” is undoubtedly too tame to describe this almost physical confrontation […]

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