Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker: En Atendant

ROSAS — dance performance at sunset

  • (c) Olivia Rochette and Gerard-Jan Claes
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Ruhrtriennale has invited Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker to present her two dance pieces En Atendant and Cesena at sundown and sunrise. The venue for this unique double performance is Jahrhunderthalle Bochum, with its peculiar architecture offering a natural spectacle of light and dark.

With En Atendant, the Belgian pioneer of contemporary art Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker dares a further step in exploring the relationship between music and dance. After having worked with Bach, Webern, the Beatles, and Mahler, she now turns to Ars Subtilior.

The popes rule in Avignon while Europe is dominated by the plague. Premiered in a cloister nave and enthusiastically celebrated, De Keersmaeker and her company ROSAS turn to the fourteenth century with its political and social devastation. The means used are minimalistic: an empty stage, the twilight of the ending day, four musicians and eight dancers. The latter fall down, bend over, stand up, crash down again. A silent, harmonic chaos is dominat a disturbingly erotic state of uncertainty between life and death. The stage becomes a space in which archetypical fears take hold and become almost physically palpable. En Atendant is an intense and radical encounter with the desaster that may strike at any moment, a tableaux dansant of fragile, touching beauty.

Ars Subtilior is a musical style from the end of the fourteenth century. Its improvisatory performance by the musicians results in an exciting play of individually marked voices. Changing harmonies and polyrhythmic structures develop an expressive sound reminiscent of contemporary music.

Choreography —
Stage —
Costumes —
Wardrobe —
Emma Zune
Ensemble Cour et Coeur:
Musical lead and recordings —
Violin —
An Van Laethem
Vocals —
Olalla Alemán, Annelies Van Gramberen
Flute —
Sound —
Vanessa Court, Alexandre Fostier, Juliette Wion
Technicians —
Bert van Dyke
Dancers —


— 24. August 2012
Further dates
— 25. 26. August
— 1 h 35 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.

  • Fri24Aug
    19.00 - 20.35
    Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker: En Atendant on 24. August 2012 at 7.00 PM
  • Sat25Aug
    19.00 - 20.35
    Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker: En Atendant on 25. August 2012 at 7.00 PM
  • Sun26Aug
    19.00 - 20.35
    Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker: En Atendant on 26. August 2012 at 7.00 PM
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ROSAS and Graindelavoix — dance performance at sunrise
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.