Rosas danst Rosas

Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker / Rosas

In 1983, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker had her international breakthrough with Rosas danst Rosas, a performance that has since become a benchmark in the history of postmodern dance. Rosas danst Rosas builds on the minimalism initiated in Fase (1982):  abstract movements constitute the basis of a layered choreographic structure in which repetition plays the lead role. The fierceness of these movements is countered by small everyday gestures. Rosas danst Rosas is unequivocally feminine: four female dancers dance themselves, again and again. The exhaustion and perseverance that come with it create an emotional tension that contrasts sharply with the rigorous structure of the choreography. The repetitive, “maximalistic” music by Thierry De Mey and Peter Vermeersch was created concurrently with the choreography.

Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker

Created by
Adriana Borriello, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, Michèle Anne De Mey, Fumiyo Ikeda

Danced by
Laura Bachman, Amanda Barrio Charmelo, Léa Dubois, Anika Edström Kawaji, Yuika Hashimoto, Laura Maria Poletti, Soa Ratsifandrihana, Jara Vlaeminckx

Thierry De Mey, Peter Vermeersch

Thierry De Mey, Walter Hus, Eric Sleichim, Peter Vermeersch

Set Design 
Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker

Light Design
Remon Fromont


1983-Rosas, Kaaitheater

La Monnaie / De Munt, Sadler's Wells (London), Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg

6 May 1983, Théâtre de la Balsamine (Brussels)
Presentation Kaaitheaterfestival