Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker – Early Works

Authors: Thierry De Me, Marie André, Wolfgang Kolb
Publishers: Rosas,, VRT (2014)

Runtime: box with f4 DVDs, 150 minutes
Language: Dutch/French, Subtitles: English/Dutch/French
Format: PAL, Region 0
ISBN13: 541-4-939-27433-6

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Fase – A film by Thierry De Mey (58 min.) 2002
Fase is a film based on the first work made by De Keersmaeker in 1982: Fase, Four movements to the music of Steve Reich, the performance that launched Rosas on the international dance scene. The film, like the choreography, is in four parts, each shot in different locations. Nearly twenty years on from the date of the original stage creation, film director Thierry De Mey succeeds in reiterating its powerful essence in a film whose distinctive aesthetic identity remains independent and unique unto itself.

Rosas danst Rosas – A film by Thierry De Mey (57 min.) 1997
Since its creation in 1983, Rosas danst Rosas has remained a benchmark piece in the Rosas repertoire. In his film of 2002, shot in Leuven in the former technical school of architect Henry Van de Velde, Thierry De Mey has created a compelling cinematographic interpretation of this seminal performance. The sharp rhythmical editing creates a startling visual dynamic that interplays with that of the choreography. The different casts of dancers span several generations, which accentuates the notion of progression and timelessness within the work. The film captures the underlying energy and feminist inference of the dance, whilst its aesthetic beauty enhances its appeal to a wide audience.

Répétitions – A film by Marie André (43 min.) 1985
Marie André’s fascination with the eloquence of everyday gestures finds perfect correlation with De Keersmaeker’s choreography. Over a six-month period, she recorded De Keersmaeker rehearsing and developing Elena’s Aria.
In Répétitions, Marie André observes the intensity and concentration of the female dancers as they repeat a series of precise, gestural movements taken from everyday life: pulling their hair back; crossing their legs; sitting down. She documents the progression of the making of the work and celebrates the process, rather than the final production.

Hoppla! – A film by Wolfgang Kolb (52 min.) 1989
Hoppla! is a film of two of De Keersmaeker’s choreographies to the music of Béla Bartók. Shot in the Henry Van de Velde Ghent University Library, the first part, Mikrokosmos, is a duet danced by Johanne Saunier and Jean-Luc Ducourt. In close concord with the live piano music, the couple’s dance reveals the complexities and contradiction within their relationship. The austere architecture contrasts with the choreography’s fluctuation between abstraction and playful theatricality. The second piece: Quatuor No. 4, danced by De Keersmaeker and three other original members of Rosas, is accompanied by a live string quartet. Wolfgang Kolb’s camera captures the exhilaration of the unisons, the rhythmical phrasing and the impudent complicity between the dancers.

Special Features
+ Television program Dag aan dag – Fase (© VRT 1982)
+ Violin Phase a film by Eric Pauwels (1986)
+ Top Shot Violin Phase an installation by Thierry De Mey (2001)
+ Television program Het gerucht – Rosas danst Rosas (© VRT 1983)
+ Documentary Early Works – Décalages/Verschuivingen (© NOS 1987) by Ger Poppelaars for television program Beeldspraak
+ Television program Het gerucht – Bartók/Aantekeningen (© VRT 1986)