Achterland

Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker / Rosas

Achterland is a seminal choreography in Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s highly individual body of work, as it contains the fruit of what preceded it as well as the seeds of what was to follow. It was for this 1990 production that De Keersmaeker first wrote specific dance material for men, adding three male dancers to her then predominantly female company. The dominant femininity and minimalism of several earlier Rosas pieces gives way to an ambiguous no-man’s-land, in which a playful blurring of boundaries and signs is undertaken. Young girls wear ladies’ clothes, a woman dances wearing a man’s shirt, a man uses the female dance idiom—all joyously immersed in music written by Györgi Ligeti and Eugène Ysaÿe. The violinist and pianist performing these scores are positioned in the middle of the stage. They are not only musicians, but actively involved in the theatrical dance play, an approach that De Keersmaeker would repeat in many subsequent creations.

Choreography
Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker

Danced by (alternating)
Laura Bachman, Lav Crnčević, Léa Dubois, José Paulo dos Santos, Anika Edström Kawaji, Bilal El Had, Frank Gizycki, Robin Haghi, Yuika Hashimoto, Laura Maria Poletti, Soa Ratsifandrihana, Luka Švajda

Music
György Ligeti, 8 Etudes for solo piano, Eugène Ysaÿe, Sonatas 1, 3 & 4 for solo violin

Musicians
Piano: Wilhem Latchoumia / Joonas Ahonen
Violin: Juan María Braceras / Naaman Sluchin

Decor
Herman Sorgeloos

Lighting
Jean-Luc Ducourt

Costume
Ann Weckx

Producer
Rosas

Co-producers
De Munt / La Monnaie (Brussel/Bruxelles), Stichting Van Gogh 1990, Rotterdamse Schouwburg, and Théâtre de la Ville (Paris)

Premiere
27.11.1990, Muntschouwburg (Brussels)