Production Details / Press Releases
Over four days, the Belgian dance company Rosas will occupy the Exhibition Hall of the Neue Nationalgalerie with a performance that was specially created for the building. The piece provides museum-goers with a unique exploration of the interplay between architecture, sculpture, music and dance. The Rosas production Dark Red (a series of compositions made for different museum spaces) has most recently been performed at Kolumba in Cologne and at Fondation Beyeler in Basel.
Dark Red’s multi-day showing marks the first performance of a major choreographic work in Mies van der Rohe’s iconic museum building. The vast, transparent space of the exhibition hall serves as the stage for this dance piece by the Belgian choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, which was produced in collaboration with dancers Cassiel Gaube and Soa Ratsifandrihana, flautist Chryssi Dimitriou, and visual artist Ann Veronica Janssens.
Breath as Motif and the Dialogue with the Architecture of the Neue Nationalgalerie
The performance takes the theme of breath as its point of departure, which has long been a central choreographic principle in De Keersmaeker’s art, and is a theme that takes on a new relevance against the backdrop of the pandemic. The piece involves a live performance of L’Opera per Faluto by Salvatore Sciarrino, in which the existential need for breath and air is expressed through music. Echoing the process of inhaling and exhaling, the dancers move through the room in the cyclical motion of a pulsating spiral.
In this performance, which was developed specially for the Neue Nationalgalerie, De Keersmaeker places a focus on creating an engaged dialogue with the architecture of the space. The choreography confronts the architectural rigidity of the building with the dancing, breathing body, allowing visitors to experience the famous museum building in an entirely new way.
The performances will take place from 24–27 March 2022 during the regular opening hours of the museum.
Dark Red – Neue Nationalgalerie (Cycle 1) is choreographed and danced by Soa Ratsifandrihana and Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker.
Dark Red – Neue Nationalgalerie (Cycle 2) is choreographed and danced by Cassiel Gaube and Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker.
Dark Red – Neue Nationalgalerie (Cycle 3 / Mixed Cycle) is choreographed and danced by Soa Ratsifandrihana, Cassiel Gaube and Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker.
Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker (born 1960) created her first choreographic work in 1980, after studying dance at the Mudra School in Brussels and at Tisch School of the Arts in New York. She founded the dance company Rosas in 1983, with which she has created a wide-ranging body of work that engages with the musical styles of several historical periods. De Keersmaeker’s choreographic practice draws on formal principles from geometry and social structures, offering a unique perspective on the movement of the body through space and time.
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Cast & Credits
Concept: Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker
Created with: Cassiel Gaube, Soa Ratsifandrihana, Chryssi Dimitriou, Ann Veronica Janssens
Choreographed and danced by:
Dark Red – Neue Nationalgalerie (Cycle 1): Soa Ratsifandrihana and Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker
Dark Red – Neue Nationalgalerie (Cycle 2): Cassiel Gaube and Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker
Dark Red – Neue Nationalgalerie (Cycle 3 / Mixed Cycle): Soa Ratsifandrihana, Cassiel Gaube and Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker
L’Opera per flauto, by Salvatore Sciarrino
All’Aure In Una Lontananza
Come Vengono Prodotti Gli Incantesimi?
Canzona Di Ringraziamento
L’Orizzonte Luminoso Di Aton
Lettera degli antipodi portata dal vento
Blowin` In The Wind
Flautist: Chryssi Dimitriou
Research: Lieze Eneman
Costumes: An D’Huys, assisted by Rosa Schützendorf
Sound: Alex Fostier
Artistic assistant: Martine Lange
Artistic coordination and planning: Anne Van Aerschot
Tourmanager: Bert De Bock
Costumes coordinator: Alexandra Verschueren, assisted by Els Van Buggenhout
Technical director: Marlies Jacques
Technicians: Jonathan Maes, Bennert Vancottem
Coproduction: Neue Nationalgalerie – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin – Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz, sponsored by the Beauftragte der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien (BKM)
In collaboration with Ictus.
Rosas is supported by the Flemish Community and by the BNP Paribas Foundation.
A special presentation of the Nationalgalerie – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
Potsdamer Straße 50
The video documentation is produced on behalf of the Senate Department for Culture and Europe. The purpose of this contract is to document productions in the field of contemporary dance in Berlin. The master recordings are archived by the University Library of the Berlin University of Arts. Copies of the recordings on DVD are available for viewing exclusively in the reference collections of the following archives (at media desks in these institutions):
University Library of the Berlin University of Arts
Mediathek für Tanz und Theater des Internationalen Theaterinstituts / Mime Centrum Berlin
Inter-University Centre for Dance Berlin (HZT)