Event Public Program
Ann Veronica Janssens
15 April – 16 April 2023
Pioverà. Performance by Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker
The Public Program devoted to Ann Veronica Janssens’ exhibition “Grand Bal” opens on Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 April with an event featuring Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, dancer and choreographer.
Pioverà is a new choreography created and danced by Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker in dialogue with Ann Veronica Janssens’ exhibition. For this solo, De Keersmaeker goes back to her roots. Specifically, she returns to the early music of Steve Reich and to the compositional technique of phase shifting, which was key to De Keersmaeker’s first works and which she continued to develop as a choreographic principle over the past 40 years.
Pioverà explores multiple ways of being out of synch. In this solo, De Keersmaeker underscores the urgency and expressive power of Reich’s composition It’s Gonna Rain. It makes tangible the cyclical movement of time, by foregrounding the figure of the spiral.
Pioverà was created for the Ann Veronica Janssens Grand Bal exhibition and will be performed at different moments during the two-day event.
Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker and Ann Veronica Janssens have worked together on several occasions and, most notably, on Keeping Still – Part 1 (2007), The Song (2009, with Michel François) and Cesena (2011).
Admission to the event is open and free subject to availability.
The performance will last about 15 minutes and will be held on both days at 11 AM, 12.30 PM, 3 PM, 4.30 PM and 6 PM.
ANNE TERESA DE KEERSMAEKER
In 1980, after studying dance at Mudra School in Brussels and Tisch School of the Arts in New York, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker (b. 1960) created Asch, her first choreographic work. Two years later came the premiere of Fase, Four Movements to the Music of Steve Reich. De Keersmaeker established the dance company Rosas in Brussels in 1983, while creating the work Rosas danst Rosas. Since these breakthrough pieces, her choreography has been grounded in a rigorous and prolific exploration of the relationship between dance and music. She has created with Rosas a wide-ranging body of work engaging the musical structures and scores of several periods, from early music to contemporary and popular idioms. Her choreographic practice also draws formal principles from geometry, numerical patterns, the natural world, and social structures to offer a unique perspective on the body’s articulation in space and time. In 1995 De Keersmaeker established the school P.A.R.T.S. (Performing Arts Research and Training Studios) in Brussels in association with De Munt/La Monnaie.
Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker / Rosas
Choreography and dance by
Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker
It’s Gonna Rain, Steve Reich, 1965