10 years of dance at Rosas captured in new photo book

10 years of dance at Rosas captured in new photo book

The recently published photo book 'Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker: Rosas 2007 - 2017' provides a unique photographic overview of the last ten years of the oeuvre of this world-famous Belgian choreographer.

Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker (°1960) founded her dance company, Rosas, in 1983. Her work is grounded on a rigorous exploration of the relationship between dance and music, and over the years she has engaged the musical structures and scores of different periods and genres, from early music to contemporary expressions of classical and popular music. Her choreographic practice draws from geometric principles, nature, and social structures to offer unique perspectives on the articulation of the body in space and time.

The minimalism of De Keersmaeker’s earliest pieces gave way over the years to ingenious constructions for large ensembles. Then in 2007, the choreography underwent a fundamental change with the emergence of a new kind of minimalism, a paring down to essential principles of sparseness; the spatial constraints of geometric patterns; an unwavering commitment to elementary gestures, notably walking, breathing, and speaking; and a close adherence to a score, musical or otherwise, for the choreographic writing.

Photographers Herman Sorgeloos en Anne Van Aerschot, De Keersmaeker's long-standing artistic assistant, were privileged witnesses to this process. Like no other, they are familiar with both the language and the choreographer's trajectory. Their images, brought together in one book for the first time in ten years, offer an exceptional and crystal clear view of Rosas' dance universe.

Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker: Rosas 2007 – 2017 is published by Mercatorfonds, Brussels

In 1995, we published a reflection on the work of Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker. You can read the article HERE.

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