Sand / Encore 1Eté created for the Festival of Art History in Fontainebleau

Published on 01.06.2023, 15:04

On June 3 and 4, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker presented Sand / Encore 1Eté as part of the Festival of Art History at the Chateau de Fontainebleau.

We know that 19th century writers could be “seers”. Less well-known is that they were sometimes visionaries. In 1872, when Fontainebleau came under threat by major deforestation projects, George Sand took up her pen to defend this natural monument. Her plea is a tragically prophetic environmentalist manifesto: a century before the Club of Rome carried out its study, Sand predicted with staggering precision the excesses of capitalism and the reality of clime change, including the destruction of the ozone layer, deforestation, and drought.

Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker was struck by the relevance of this text written 150 years ago, which rings true now more than ever. As it was for George Sand, knowing how to become one with nature is fundamental for the choreographer. From the elements (fire, water, air, earth and metal) to Fibonacci spirals (seen in minerals, plants and the cosmos) and the patterns formed by flocks of starlings, her work takes inspiration from the processes of the natural world, further developed in space and in time.

To give George Sand’s text a voice and a body, De Keersmaeker has invited performer Synne Elve Enoksen. Their artistic collaboration began with Somnia (2019), which took place in the woods of Gaasbeek, and continued at the Louvre, reimagined as a forest of images for Forêt (2022). At Fontainebleau, they will join forces again for yet another woodland performance. In Sand/Encore 1Été, Synne Elve Enoksen invites us to follow her on a choreographed walk marked by contrasts: between the liveliness of the text and the slowness of walking, between the distinctly unhurried pace of nature and the urgency of climate change.

For more information, visit the website of the Festival de L'Histoire de l'Art.

Sand / Encore 1Eté
Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker / Rosas

Performed by
Synne Elve Enoksen, Némo Flouret

Text and Research
Thomas Bîrzan, Tessa Hall

Jolente De Keersmaeker, Némo Flouret

Text based on George Sand, "La forêt de Fontainebleau", published in Le temps, November 13, 1872

With the support of Dance Reflections by Van Cleef & Arpels

Images by Anne Van Aerschot and by Thierry De Mey