Rain

Rain

© Anne Van Aerschot

Dance

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

“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.

  • 1 h 10 min, without interval

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.

Cast

Choreography Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker
Music Steve Reich (Music for 18 Musicians)
Musicians Ictus
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 / Frank Gizycki, Robin Haghi / Lav Crnčević, Luka Švajda / Thomas Vantuycom

Musicians Ictus
Miquel Bernat, Tom de Cock, Géry Cambier, Ruben Martinez Orio, Jessica Ryckewaert percussions
Gerrit Nulens, Georges-Elie Octors percussions & piano
Laurence Cornez, Fabian Fiorini, Jean-Luc Fafchamps, Stéphane Ginsburgh piano
Dirk Descheemaeker, Carlos Galvez clarinet
Igor Semenoff violin

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 Inga Maren Otto and supported by

Flanders