Internationally acclaimed choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker highlights the season opening of New York Live Arts (Live Arts) with two early benchmarks of postmodern dance, Fase (September 24-28, 2019) and Rosas danst Rosas (October 1-5, 2019).
Premiering in 1982, Fase, Four Movements to the Music of Steve Reich was Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s first performance. Building upon four repetitive compositions by the minimalist Steve Reich, De Keersmaeker strings three duets and one solo into an independent movement idiom that both illustrates the music and builds new dimensions. Starting from the principle of phase shifting, both the music and dance are born from a place of complete synchronicity that soon ventures into slips and slides of changed forms and patterns. First iterations of Fase were seen in Live Arts’ legacy program Fresh Tracks in 1982, which at the time was known as Choreographers Showcase.
Rosas danst Rosas builds on the minimalism initiated in Fase, where abstract movements constitute the basis of a layered choreographic structure in which repetition plays the lead role. The fierceness of these movements is countered by small everyday gestures. The exhaustion and perseverance that come with the piece create an emotional tension that contrasts sharply with the rigorous structure of the choreography.
Performances of Fase, Four Movements to the Music of Steve Reich take place September 24, 25, 26, 27, and 28 at 7:30pm (running time 70 minutes).
Rosas danst Rosas takes place October 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 at 7:30pm (running time 85 minutes).
Following the Thursday night performances of Fase on September 26th and Rosas danst Rosas on October 3rd there will be post show conversations with moderators to be announced.
On Saturday September 28 there will be a Rosas masterclass at the New York Live Arts studios.