From March 18th until April 30th BERNABO is on view at BOZAR as a part of Michel François' exposition Contre nature.
Since their first collaboration in 2009 (The Song), Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker and Michel François have worked together on several occasions. In 2010, this resulted in En Atendant, of which BERNABO, a solo by Boštjan Antončič, was originally part. En Atendant was created for the Cloître des Célestins in Avignon. There, the dance was presented in the open air, under the night sky, on an uneven surface of stone and sand, and in the company of old trees and the occasional gust of wind. This unique environment encouraged De Keersmaeker to explore a certain economy of means, reflected not only in the absence of a set and stage lighting, but also in the premise of the choreography, which focuses on the physical presence of the body, and on the fundamental movements of walking and breathing. The pared-down nature of the dance was also inspired by the music. For En Atendant, De Keersmaeker turned to the history of Avignon and Ars Subtilior, an intricate musical form dating back to the 14th century: a time marked by socio-political upheaval and the plague; uncertainty, darkness, and death. Michel François later adapted the scenography for En Atendant for the black box: he evoked the original setting by tracing a line of soil across the stage – a single thin, straight line, painstakingly crafted before each performance and slowly de(con)structed by Rosas dancer Boštjan Antončič. By the end of his dance, the floor and the dancer’s body are covered in a thin layer of dust evocative of the work’s original source. It is this version that is presented as an autonomous solo in the Horta Hall of the Palais des beaux arts.
Saturday 18 March, 14:00 → 18:00
Sunday 19 March, 14:00 → 18:00
Saturday 22 April, 14:00 → 18:00
Sunday 23 April, 14:00 → 18:00
Saturday 29 April, 14:00 → 18:00
Sunday 30 April, 14:00 → 18:00
More information on the website of BOZAR
Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker