Rosas Danst Rosas Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker (Dance Highlight)

This video is a 8:24 minute extract of a dance film made by Thierry De Mey based on the choreography of Anna Theresa De Keersmaeker.

The video is a powerful and gripping sequence that is filmed in a space that is bright, stark, and institutional, producing a sense of sterile alienation. It is the second video we are presenting from the dance film by Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker, Rosas Danst Rosas.

The dancers sit on chairs which are arranged facing the same direction, seated behind each other next to empty seats giving a sense of isolation. The dancing is powerful, sharp and compelling as they repeat a simple motif to create polyrhythmic patterns by speeding up, slowing down and repeating elements of the main movement motif.

The movement is dynamic with sudden strong gestures mixed with pauses, breaks and moments of letting go as they relax and then whip back creating an anxiety producing pattern.

The camera shots vary from long slow moving, describing the space as a voyeur, to short close ups shots in time with the rhythm accents in the music. There are moments of connection between the dancers when they glance at each other, revealing an underground communication of personal defiance between them.

The play between control and release with accents of breath make this piece mesmerizing and ambivalent as to what is really happening..

The opening section is a short segue way that leads into the chair sequence, which starts at one minute and twenty seconds. Following the chair section there is one shot that is particularly stunning as a dancers’ silhouette is framed against a lit door.

Over all this an amazing piece!

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