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Program V: Two in the director's chair: Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker and Thierry De Mey
Saturday, March 29, 2003, Museum of Theatre, St. Petersburg

Rosas Danst Rosas 57min, 1997 (Belgium) by Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker and Thierry De Mey
Distributor: Rosas
Dance Notes 58min, 2002 (France) by Michael Follin
Distributor: Idéale Audience International

photo: Rosas
Born in 1956, Thierry De Mey, a film director, composer and percussionist has collaborated with such renowned choreographers as Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, Wim Vandekeybus, Michèle-Anne De Mey and others. He is also a founder of the group Maximalist!, a creative laboratory for the young composers.

Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, one of the most prominent modern European choreographers, studied at MUDRA in Brussels, the school linked to La Monnaie and to Maurice Béjart's Ballet of the XXth Century, and then at the Tisch School of the Arts in New York. On her return from the States, she founded her company Rosas and created Rosas danst Rosas – the creation that brought Rosas an international recognition. Together with Rosas and Brussels' Royal Opera De Munt/La Monnaie, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker has launched a new international school for contemporary dance, where sixty students coming from some 25 countries are trained, over a three-year period, by more than 50 teachers.

photo: Rosas

Rosas Danst Rosas (1983) is Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s third choreography. Contrary to the belief that choreography based on mathematical and repetitive patterns often excludes emotional depth, Rosas uses the purely choreographical and rigorously structured elements to create a dramatic intensity. Music and choreography were written together during the course of the creative process, which explains the unison of musical and choreographic energy.

Besides “Rosas danst Rosas” the programs includes Dance Notes, a documentary byMichael Follin, that focuses on the dialectical exchange between the creative ideas of Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker and Thierry De Mey, the give-and-take between composition, musical material and dance. It follows those moments when experimentation is the impetus for creation.

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