Rain (live)

Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker / Rosas & Ictus

World premiere 10.01.2001, De Munt / La Monnaie, Brussels
Revival 4.10.2016 Koninklijk Circus / Cirque Royal, De Munt / La Monnaie & Kaaitheater, Brussels

Dear Audience, It is with great regret that we have to inform you that the performances of “Rain (live)”, which were planned for 2 to 4 April, have to be cancelled due to the current developments connected with the spreading of the Coronavirus. Information on returning tickets

Berliner Festspiele On Demand: From 1 to 29 April we will present on our website a recording of “Rain” (live) and an adaptation of “Achterland”, complemented by a documentary on “Rain”. To the videos

“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”, performed live by the Ictus Ensemble, this production from 2001 unites two pioneering artists of the 20th century.



© Anne Van Aerschot

  • 1 h 10 min, without interval

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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.

Following “Fase” (1982) and “Drumming” (1998), “Rain” is De Keerskmaeker’s third exploration of Steve Reich’s minimal music. With seven female and three male dancers, she translates the slight shifts, tiny variations, mathematical formations and repetitions of Reich’s musical structure into an exuberant geometric game of vital and yet exhausting group choreographies.

Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker is considered one of the most internationally influential choreography of our times. Following her studies at the MUDRA School for Dance and the Tisch School of the Arts in New York, she choreographed her first own work, “Asch”, in 1980, which already clearly demonstrated her interest in the close interaction of movement and music. In 1983, De Keersmaeker founded her company Rosas. Her most recent performances at Berliner Festspiele were “Cesena” and “En Atendant” in 2012 and “Partita 2” in 2013.

The Ictus Ensemble, who have also visited Berliner Festspiele several times, is renowned for its unusual concert formats.


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

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

Rain (2016 revival) - Teaser

Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker / Rosas & Ictus

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.
The Berlin performances are made possible by

Logo Inga Maren Otto

and supported by

Flanders     Steinway-Haus