Rosas in the Camera’s Focus

Extraordinary film productions as a substitute for cancelled performances: We will present on our website a recording of “Rain” (live) and an adaptation of “Achterland”, complemented by a documentary on “Rain”.

Rain

Rain (live)

BE 2016
Film Directors Olivia Rochette & Gerard-Jan Claes
70 min
Available 1 April, 16:00 – 29 April, 15:59

You can see a recording of the revival premiere of “Rain” (live) on 4 October 2016 from the Cirque Royal in Brussels.

In front of a gigantic curtain of ropes, ten dancers measure the space with their movements – soft circular and spiralling figures that are constantly interrupted by clear lines and diagonals. The constant alternation of tension and release, chaos and order, vertiginous acceleration and sudden stops generates a maelstrom that tells of vitality and connectedness.

“Rain” is considered one of Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s signature pieces and most successful performances. Choreographed to Steve Reich’s “Music for 18 Musicians” (1976) this production from 2001 unites two pioneering artists of the 20th century.

You can see a recording of the revival premiere of “Rain” (live) on 4 October 2016 from the Cirque Royal in Brussels.

In front of a gigantic curtain of ropes, ten dancers measure the space with their movements – soft circular and spiralling figures that are constantly interrupted by clear lines and diagonals. To the sound of composer Steve Reich’s heartbeat-like rhythm, a constant alternation of tension and release, chaos and order, vertiginous acceleration and sudden stops generates a maelstrom that tells of vitality and connectedness.

“Rain” is considered one of Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s signature pieces and most successful performances. Choreographed to Steve Reich’s “Music for 18 Musicians” (1976) this production from 2001 unites two pioneering artists of the 20th century.

Choreography Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker
Music Steve Reich (Music for 18 Musicians)
Musicians Ictus
Voice Synergy Vocals
Musical Director Georges-Elie Octors
Costume Design Dries Van Noten
Lighting Design Jan Versweyveld

Dancers
Laura Bachman, Léa Dubois, Anika Edström Kawaji, Zoi Efstathiou, Yuika Hashimoto, Laura Maria Poletti, Soa Ratsifandrihana, José Paulo dos Santos, Robin Haghi / Lav Crnčević, Luka Švajda

Musicians Ictus
Miquel Bernat, Tom de Cock, Géry Cambier, Elliot Harrison, Ruben Martinez Orio, Jessica Ryckewaert percussions
Gerrit Nulens, Georges-Elie Octors percussion & piano
Laurence Cornez, Jean-Luc Fafchamps, Stéphane Ginsburgh, Jean-Luc Plouvier piano
Dirk Descheemaeker, Tomonori Takeda clarinet
Igor Semenoff violin
Geert De Bièvre cello

Synergy Vocals
Micaela Haslam, Amanda Morrison, Heather Cairncross, Caroline Jaya-Ratnam

Production Rosas & De Munt / La Monnaie, Brussels (2001). Co-production De Munt / La Monnaie, Brussels, Sadler’s Wells, London, Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg (2016)
Rosas is supported by the Flemish Community and by the BNP Paribas Foundation.

Rain – Documentary

Rain (documentary)

BE/FR 2012
Directors Olivia Rochette and Gerard-Jan Claes with Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker
80 min, French and Flemish with English subtitles
Available 1 April, 16:00 – 29 April, 15:59

On 25th May 2011 the world renowned Ballet de l’Opéra national de Paris presented “Rain”, its first ever performance of a choreography by Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker.

The filmmakers Olivia Rochette and Gerard-Jan Claes followed the rehearsal process from the auditions to the opening performance. The documentary focuses on how De Keersmaeker and the Rosas dancers convey the dance idiom of the choreographer to the classically trained ballet dancers. The rigidity of ballet gives way to another kind of severity, namely the mathematical pattern of “Rain”, which, however, conceals a powerful emotional layering. A poetic documentary about searching, looking and hesitating within the walls of the opera.

Directors Olivia Rochette and Gerard-Jan Claes with Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker
Producer Bart Van Langendonck – Savage Film
Co-Producers Sciapode, L’Opéra de Paris, Eyeworks

With the support of Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF), CNC, the Media Development Program of the E.U., the Belgian tax shelter for film financing (investor: B-ARCHITECTEN)

With the participation of Rosas and Ictus
In collaboration with Canvas, NTR & Mezzo

Achterland

Achterland

BE 1994
Directors Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker in collaboration with Herman Van Eyken
84 min, b/w
Available 1 April, 16:00 – 29 April, 15:59

“Achterland” is the film adaptation of a stage production of the same name. The film was shot 1994 in the set of the stage production in the Rosas rehearsal studio.

Based on the music of György Ligeti and Eugène-Auguste Ysaÿes, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker and her company develop a choreographic score that oscillates between energetically charged virtuosity and musical deceleration. In “Achterland”, the dominating femininity and minimalism of earlier choreographies made way for an equivocal no-man’s-land where boundaries and symbols become blurred.

Director Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker
In collaboration with Herman Van Eyken

Dancers Nordine Benchorf, Bruce Campbell, Vincent Dunoyer, Fumiyo Ikeda, Marion Levy, Cynthia Loemij, Nathalie Million, Johanne Saunier

Music György Ligeti (8 Études for piano solo), Eugène Ysaÿe (Sonatas 2, 3 & 4 for violin solo)
Music performed live by Irvine Arditti, Rolf Hind
Director of Photography Louis Philippe Capelle (based on the lighting design for the performance by Jean-Luc Ducourt)
Camera Chris Renson, Renaat Lambeets
Sound Dirk Bombey
Costumes Ann Weckx
Stage Herman Sorgeloos
Editor Ludo Troch
Assistants Annemie Vandeputte, Anne Van Aerschot

Produced by Avila
Executive Producing Company Alice in Wonderland
Co-produced by Rosas, BRTN, NOS
Supported by the Ministry of the Flemish Community, Action Plan 16: 9 of the European Union
In collaboration with: Amaya, ZDF/arte, SVT1, La Monnaie / De Munt