Rosas & Ictus: “Vortex Temporum”

On the occasion of Tanz im August

Rosas & Ictus

Rosas & Ictus. Vortex Temporum

© Anne van Aerschot

  • Length 1h, no interval

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The eddies and whirls of nature are as timeless and stately as the title. Belgian choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker is one of the greats of contemporary European dance, a master of abstract form. In 34 years of creative work her exploration of 20th-century and contemporary music has become increasingly powerful.

In Vortex Temporum seven dancers from De Keersmaeker’s company Rosas and six musicians from the new-music ensemble Ictus perform alongside and with one another on an equal footing. The French composer Gérard Grisey completed his intense and colourful chamber piece Vortex Temporum two years before his death in 1998. As if making a legacy, he describes the circling of an invisible axis of space and time. The 60-minute dance takes up this motif, becoming a part of the music. At the end, when the minute hand of the clock has returned to its starting point, the music itself has become dance.

Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker studied dance with Maurice Béjart in Brussels and the Tisch School of Arts in NYC. In 1983 she founded her company Rosas, which has been part of the Théatre Royal de la Monnaie since 1992. Since 1995 De Keersmaeker has been the director of the Brussels dance institution P.A.R.T.S., from which countless new talents have emerged.

Choreography Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker
Created with and danced by Boštjan Antončič, Carlos Garbin, Marie Goudot, Cynthia Loemij, Julien Monty, Michael Pomero, Igor Shyshko
Created with Chrysa Parkinson
Music Vortex Temporum, Gérard Grisey (1996)
Musical director Georges-Elie Octors / Matthew Coorey
Musicians Ictus
Piano Jean-Luc Plouvier
Flute Michael Schmid
Clarinet Dirk Descheemaeker
Violin Igor Semenoff
Viola Jeroen Robbrecht
Cello Geert De Bièvre
Lighting design Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, Luc Schaltin
Artistic advisor light Michel François
Costumes Anne-Catherine Kunz
Musical dramaturgy Bojana Cvejić

Organizer Tanz im August/HAU Hebbel am Ufer
Tanz im August is supported by means of the Capital City Cultural Funds from means of the Hauptstadtkulturfonds with the support of the governing mayor of Berlin – Senatskanzlei – Kulturelle Angelegenheiten.

Production Rosas
Co-production: De Munt / La Monnaie (Brussels), Ruhrtriennale, Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg, Théâtre de la Ville (Paris), Sadler’s Wells (London), Opéra de Lille, ImpulsTanz (Vienna), Holland Festival (Amsterdam), Concertgebouw Brugge (Brugge)