Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker / Rosas

World premiere 27.11.1990 Muntschouwburg, Brussels
Revival 13.03.2018 Concertgebouw, Bruges

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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.



© Anne Van Aerschot

  • 1 h 30 min, without interval

Past Dates

The choreography for “Achterland” is ground-breaking in Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s oeuvre, because this production from the year 1990 was the first in which she created a musical vocabulary for male dancers in her previously predominantly female company. Furthermore, she placed the musicians at centre-stage to make them an active element within the dynamics of the piece – an approach that the Belgian choreographer was to use repeatedly in later works.

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: Young girls wear women’s dresses, a man dances with feminine expression, female dancers in business suits descend to the floor in spiralling motion, only to spring back up in the next moment. In failed attempts to make contact, male and female dancers circle each other without touching. They chase one another without ever owning each other; their movements are responses to the tempo and geometry of Ligeti’s piano etudes and Ysaÿe’s violin sonatas.

Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker is considered one of the most internationally influential choreographer 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, already clearly demonstrating 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.


Choreography Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker
Music György Ligeti (8 Études for piano solo) / Eugène Ysaÿe (Sonatas 2, 3 & 4 for solo violin)
Stage Design Herman Sorgeloos
Costume Design Ann Weckx
Lighting Design Jan Luc Ducourt

Laura Bachman, Lav Crnčević, José Paulo dos Santos, Anika Edström Kawaji, Yuika Hashimoto, Laura Maria Poletti, Soa Ratsifandrihana, Luka Švajda

Created in 1990 with
Nordine Benchorf, Bruce Campbell, Vincent Dunoyer, Fumiyo Ikeda, Marion Levy, Nathalie Million, Carlotta Sagna, Johanne Saunier

Wilhem Latchoumia piano
Juan María Braceras violin

Achterland (1990) – Trailer

Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker / Rosas

Production Rosas. Co-production De Munt / La Monnaie, Brussels, Kaaitheater, Brussels, Stichting Van Gogh 1990, Rotterdamse Schouwburg, Théâtre de la Ville, Paris (1990)
Rosas is supported by the Flemish Community and by the BNP Paribas Foundation.
The Berlin performances are made possible by

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and supported by

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