Invited by the Louvre-Lens and the Lille Opera, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker will create a new choreography for the museum's Galerie du temps.
Traveling through the history of art in Louvre-Lens’s Gallery of Time, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker addresses the notion of duration by focusing on walking as the most basic form of dancing—indeed, the fundamental common denominator of humanity in motion. On a path parallel to five thousand years of art history concentrated in one vast space, she presents an invitation to slow down, to feel the slightest of time’s inflections. It is a resistance to contemporary injunctions of speed, or, as in Brian Eno’s words, the passage of time and the ever more topical question of Another Green World (the title of his album from 1975).
Creating a choreographic answer to the collection and the architecture of Louvre-Lens, De Keersmaeker presents a group, a community, united by walking, on their way to something that is uncertain. They start with the most basic movement possible: a step forward, toward the bright, transparent space of the glass gallery designed by Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa, and its view of Bollaert stadium.
Friday, Saturday and Sunday
11, 12 and 13 June, 18, 19 and 20 June and 25, 26 and 27 June.
Every day from 2pm to 6pm (last entry at 5.15pm).
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Inaugurated in December 2012, the Louvre-Lens is the fulfilment of a hope for renewal for this former mining region, backed by its inhabitants and the regional authorities. This fundamentally original project was a response to a new mission in the field of museums: to contribute to the social and economic revival of a region.
In an open space of 3000 m², the Galerie du temps exhibits more than 200 masterpieces on loan from the Louvre Museum and the Quai Branly - Jacques Chirac Museum.
Since its reopening in December 2003, the Lille Opera has been implementing a project whose primary ambition is openness: to the diversity of repertoires, to emerging artists and to all audiences in the region.
Its musical offer extends from the baroque period to the creations of today's composers, without forgetting the great masterpieces of the lyrical repertoire. Contemporary dance also plays a leading role: the programming reflects the major current aesthetic orientations, put into perspective by the presentation of seminal works.
The Lille Opera has been labelled a " Lyric Theatre of National Interest " since 2017. Last April, it became the first opera house in France to obtain the international ISO 20121 certification, attesting to its socially and environmentally responsible management.