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Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker

red bridge project presents De Keersmaeker's epochmaking work, previously shown at MoMA, Tate Modern, Centre Pompidou, and WIELS, for two days at Mudam.

The point of departure for the project Work/Travail/ Arbeid is the simple question: what would it mean for choreography to perform as an exhibition? After all, the apparatuses of theatre and museum remain so distinct - from their respective architectural arrangements and institutional significations to their horizons of expectation and protocol. While contemporary dance is traditionally performed for a fixed duration and with the dramaturgy of a punctual event, on a stage before a seated, frontally facing audience, the exhibition presents artworks in a space framed by public opening hours, over a duration of several days, weeks or months, where visitors enter and exit at will. The reconceptualization of what a live choreographed piece could be if entirely subjected to the time, space and conditions of the exhibition formed the basis for Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker's development of Work/ Travail/Arbeid.

A dance piece treats time (of the spectator and the performer) in terms of the experience of a defined beginning and end. The exhibition, on the other hand - traditionally static and unchanging once it opens - could perhaps never be (and might never need to be) experienced for the entirety of its duration. This fundamental difference between how time operates in each prompted the choice of the choreography Vortex Temporum - an œuvre, as its name implies, specifically concerned with time - as the foundation for Work/Travail/Arbeid . De Keersmaeker's Vortex Temporum, choreographed to the eponymous musical work by the late French contemporary composer Gérard Grisey (1996), premiered on stage in October 2013 and was performed at Grand Théâtre in November 2014. As a choreographed piece, involving seven dancers, six musicians (piano, flute, clarinet, violin, viola and cello) and a conductor of the Ictus ensemble performing live, it underscores the centrality of music to De Keersmaeker's choreographies. No less rigorously than the way Steve Reich's minimalist music undergirded the choreography of Fase , De Keersmaeker's first choreography from 1982, the "vertigo of duration" of Grisey's composition gives way to the choreographer's own temporal exploration in Vortex Temporum , and ultimately also Work/Travail/Arbeid.

Concept & Choreography Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker
Originally curated by Elena Filipovic
Artistic Consultant Ann Veronica Janssens
Dramaturgy Bojana Cvejic'
Artistic assistant Femke Gyselinck Danced by Rosas
Musicians Ictus
Music director Georges-Elie Octors
Music Vortex Temporum, Gérard Grisey (1996)
Costumes Anne-Catherine KunzWork/Travail/Arbeid was initiated by WIELS Contemporary Art Centre and Rosas and has been made possible with the support of De Munt/La Monnaie, Bozar Centre For Fine Arts, Kaaitheater, Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Ictus, BNP Paribas Fortis, Fondation BNP Paribas, WIELS Patrons, and Rolex Institute.Samedi 14  AVRIL 2018  de 14h00 à 19h00 (tickets)
Dimanche 15  AVRIL 2018  de 14h00 à 19h00 (tickets)
DURÉE de 14h00 à 19h00 15.04. 16h00
Lecture series:
Lecture by Elena Filipovic (E)Entrée gratuite / Sans réservation / Accès en continu Lieu: MUDAM WORKSHOP
Dance workshop with Rosas for everyone from 6 years and older (< 12 years in company of an adult). Free entry, booking on the spot, limited places. No experience required

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Su 15 April 2018 14:00 Horaire


Théâtre du Centaure
4 Grand-Rue