Rain

Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker / Rosas & Ictus

Rain, set to Steve Reich's Music for 18 Musicians (1976), is one of Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s most vibrant and characteristic performances. With this vibrant choreography, De Keersmaeker returned, in 2001, to two of her great loves: pure dance and the minimalistic music of Steve Reich. Accompanied by the pulsating tones of his music, for an hour and ten minutes ten dancers occupy the stage, delineated by a curtain of fine strings, displaying an impressive succession of virtuoso dance phrases. The mathematical figures, the sustained repetition, the geometric occupation of the space, the art of continuous variation – everything that had gradually become the choreographer’s signature was pushed to the extreme in Rain.

In Rain, De Keersmaeker approaches the company of dancers as a close-knit group of pronounced individuals who, one by one, play a vital role in the whole. Seven women and three men allow themselves to be propelled by an unstoppable joined energy that binds them together. It's a bustling network in which breath and speed is shared as well as that special comradery that forms when you are beyond fatigue.

Choreography    
Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker 

Created with
Marta Coronado, Igor Shyshko, Alix Eynaudi, Fumiyo Ikeda, Cynthia Loemij, Ursula Robb, Taka Shamoto, Clinton Stringer, Rosalba Torres, Jakub Truszkowski 

Danced by    
Laura Bachman, Léa Dubois, Anika Edström Kawaji, Zoi Efstathiou, Yuika Hashimoto, Laura Maria Poletti, Soa Ratsifandrihana, José Paulo dos Santos, Frank Gizycki, Robin Haghi, Luka Švajda, Thomas Vantuycom, Lav Crnčević

Music
Steve Reich (Music for 18 Musicians) 

Music direction 
Georges-Elie Octors

Musicians    
Ictus

Percussions 
Miquel Bernat, Tom de Cock, Géry Cambier, Michael Weilacher, Jessica Ryckwaert

Percussions & piano 
Gerrit Nulens, Georges-Elie Octors

Piano
Laurence Cornez, Fabian Fiorini, Jean-Luc Fafchamps, Stéphane Ginsburg

Clarinet    
Dirk Descheemaeker, Carlos Galvez

Violin
Igor Semenoff

Cello 
Geert de Bièvre

Voice    
Micaela Haslam, Amanda Morrison, Julia Batchelor, Caroline Jaya-Ratnam (Synergy Vocals)

Set and lighting design    
Jan Versweyveld 

Costume design    
Dries Van Noten 

Premiere    
De Munt / La Monnaie - Brussels, January 10, 2001 

Production 2001
Rosas & De Munt/La Monnaie (Brussel/Bruxelles)

Coproduction 2016
De Munt / La Monnaie (Brussel/Bruxelles), Sadler’s Wells (London), Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg