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 […]


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 […]

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