De Keersmaeker/Schmelzer: Cesena

ROSAS and Graindelavoix — dance performance at sunrise

  • (c) (c) Olivia Rochette and Gerard-Jan Claes
  • © Michel Francois
    (c) Michel Francois
  • © ann veronica janssens
    (c) ann veronica janssens

Dancers sing, singers dance: in Cesena, De Keersmaeker is able to achieve a collaboration of a special kind by having Björn Schmelzer’s unique vocal ensemble graindelavoix fuse with her dance company ROSAS to form a large movement and music ensemble.

Originally premiered at the Palais des Papes in Avignon, this piece refers to the story of the location. The anti-pope Clemens VII. authorized a massacre in the Italian city of Cesena in 1377. Movements and music refer to the bloody deed, generalizing it, and immersing the location and the event with captivating, comforting melancholy.

The French Le Monde spoke of the beauty of an asteroid. A fitting image for the attractively exotic, the strangely otherwordly and distant nature of a performance that begins in the dark and ends with the arrival of the new day. Nineteen dancers and singers explore the limits of their abilities in dialog with the music of Ars Subtilor.

The Belgian artist collective graindelavoix is one of the most innovative ensembles in the realm of early music. Founded in 1999 by Björn Schmelzer, the name graindelavoix is taken from an essay by Roland Barthes, »The Grain of the Voice.« »The grain is the body in the singing voice, in the writing hand, in the performing limb.« Schmelzer counters existing listening habits by surveying the space between notation and creation.

Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker is one of the formative choreographers of contemporary dance. With the founding piece of her company ROSAS, Rosas danst Rosas, she achieved an international breakthrough in 1983. She is the co-founder and director of P.A.R.T.S. (Performing Arts Research and Training Studios) in Brussels, one of the most important European centers in the realms of dance and performance. She closely collaborates with the choreographers Jérôme Bel and Boris Charmatz. The company presented 2008 the German premiere of Zeitung at the Ruhrtriennale.


— 25. August 2012
Further dates
— 26. August
— 1 h 50 min. The performance start depends on the outdoor light, and is thus subject to delay.
German Premiere
— 20 / 30 / 40 €
Reduced prices start at 10,00 €

Those holding tickets for both En Atendant and Cesena enjoy special benefits.

  • Sat25Aug
    05.00 - 06.50
    De Keersmaeker/Schmelzer: Cesena on 25. August 2012 at 5.00 AM
  • Sun26Aug
    05.00 - 06.50
    De Keersmaeker/Schmelzer: Cesena on 26. August 2012 at 5.00 AM


25. August 2012, 26. August 2012
Jahrhunderthalle Bochum
ROSAS — dance performance at sunset
24. August 2012, 25. August 2012, 26. August 2012
Jahrhunderthalle Bochum
Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker / Jérôme Bel
26. August 2012
Museum Folkwang, Essen
A coproduction of ROSAS, La Monnaie/De Munt, Brussels, Festival d’Avignon, Théâtre de la Ville, Paris, Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg, Festival Oude Muziek Utrecht, Guimarães 2012, Steirischer Herbst, Graz, deSingel, Antwerp, Concertgebouw Bruges. Supported by the Flemish Authorities.