Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker

What would it mean for choreography to perform as an exhibition? This question was the point of departure for Work/Travail/Arbeid. In response, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker reimagined her piece Vortex Temporum for the radically different temporal, spatial, and perceptual conditions of a museum-like environment. The choreographer did not simply bring a dance performance into a new kind of space, but rethought it as a nine weeks long exhibition, continuously accessible to the public. The original choreography made for the condensed time and space of a stage performance was thus entirely reinvented so as to extend itself across a new time and space. This project transformed the conditions that have long been essential to dance and gave a new form to the rigorous choreographic writing for which De Keersmaeker is known.

Concept & choreography
Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker

Initiated by WIELS

Elena Filipovic

Artistic consultant
Ann Veronica Janssens

Bojana Cvejić

Artistic assistant 
Femke Gyselinck

Danced by 
Boštjan Antončič, Balázs Busa, Carlos Garbin, Marie Goudot, Cynthia Loemij, Sarah Ludi, Julien Monty, Michaël Pomero, Camille Prieux, Gabriel Schenker, Igor Shyshko, Denis Terrasse, Thomas Vantuycom, Samantha van Wissen


Music director
Georges-Elie Octors, Diego Borrello

Jean-Luc Plouvier
Chryssi Dimitriou
Dirk Descheemaeker
Igor Semenoff
Jeroen Robbrecht
Geert De Bièvre

Vortex Temporum, Gérard Grisey (1996)

Anne-Catherine Kunz 

WIELS & Rosas

Work/Travail/Arbeid was realized with to the support of 
De Munt/La Monnaie, Center for Fine Arts Brussels (BOZAR), Kaaitheater, Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Ictus, BNP Paribas Fortis, Fondation BNP Paribas, WIELS Patrons, and Rolex Institute

The Work/Travail/Arbeid tour is supported by Fondation BNP Paribas. The Centre Pompidou version is a realisation of Centre Pompidou and the Opéra National de Paris. The version at Tate Modern is curated by Catherine Wood, Senior Curator, International Art (Performance), with Isabella Maidment, Assistant Curator, Performance, and produced by Judith Bowdler, Production Coordinator, Live Performance and Film. The version at MoMA is organized by Ana Janevski, Associate Curator, with Martha Joseph, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Media and Performance Art; produced by Lizzie Gorfaine, Performance Producer, with Kate Scherer, Assistant Performance Coordinator. Generous funding for the exhibition is provided by The Modern Women’s Fund. Additional support is provided by the Annual Exhibition Fund.


20.03 - 17.05.2015
WIELS, Contemporary Art Centre, Brussels

11.09 – 13.09.2015
WIELS, Contemporary Art Centre, Brussels
exceptional revival in the context of Het Theaterfestival

26.02 - 06.03.2016
Centre Pompidou, Paris 

08 - 10.07.2016
Tate Modern, London 

29.03 – 02.04.2017
MoMA, New York

Mudam, Luxembourg City

Volksbühne, Berlin

  • Trailer #1
  • Trailer #2
  • Behind the scenes at the Centre Pompidou
  • Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker: Work/Travail/Arbeid | MOMA ARTIST PROFILES
  • Work/Travail/Arbeid at MoMA, a video by Gerard-Jan Claes & Olivia Rochette
  • Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker in conversation with Kathy Halbreich | MoMA LIVE
  • Lines drawn for Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker's Work/Travail/Arbeid | AT THE MUSEUM
  • Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, Work/Travail/Arbeid at MoMA March 28, 2017