Rosas Danst Rosas

Thierry De Mey
Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker
Cynthia Loemij, Sarah Ludi, Anne Mousselet, Samantha Van Wissen
Thierry De Mey, Peter Vermeersch
Director of photography
Michel Houssiau
Philippe Guilbert, Jorge Leon
Rudi Maerten
Ricardo Castro
Thomas Gauder
Assistant to the director  
Anne Van Aerschot
Produced by
Avila & Sophimages

Co-produced by
NPS, BRTN TV2, ZDF/Arte, Le Fresnoy, Rosas

Supported by
Fonds Film in Vlaanderen, Direction de l’Audiovisuel de la Communauté Française de Belgique, National Lottery, P.A.R.T.S.
Award for the best production at the International Widescreen Festival, Amsterdam (September 1997).
Grand Prix International Video Dance, Stockholm (1997)
Nomination at the Film and Architecture Film Festival, Graz (November 1997)
Special Jury Award at the International Festival for Film and New Media on Art, Athens (December 1998).

1997, 35mm, 57’, colour

Thierry De Mey filmed Rosas danst Rosas in the former technical school of architect Henry Van de Velde in Leuven. The film version is much shorter than the show itself. In his film Thierry De Mey opts for a heavily ‘inter-cut’ version in which, apart from the cast of four dancers from 1995 and 1996, he also has all the other performers from the long history of the show dance along. He makes maximum use of the geometrical and spatial qualities of the Van de Veldes building. Incidentally, the building was thoroughly renovated straight after the film was made, making it one of the last testimonials to the original architecture. The film was shown on all of the major European television channels and also had a cinema career in the ‘art house circuit’.