Rosas danst Rosas

Duration: 1h


Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker is one of the most prominent choreographers in the world. In the early 1980s, 20-year-old Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker presented her first show, Asch. She studied at MUDRA, the school founded by Maurice Béjart, and later at the New York Tisch School of the Arts. In 1983 she created the show Rosas danst Rosas which won her international acclaim. This was followed by the founding of her own company Rosas with whom she has produced many shows. The choreographies of Rosas describe the world using time, space, movement and music. Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker is also the director of P.A.R.T.S (The Performing Arts Research and Training Studios), a school founded in 1995 in Brussels, which aims at educating independent contemporary dancers.

Thierry De Mey (born 1956) is a composer and filmmaker. The intuition of movement and bounds is undoubtedly the guiding element in his work: "refusing to view rhythm as a simple combination of intervals within a time grid, but instead as a system which generates momentums for falls and new developments" is the postulate behind his music and films. A large part of his music production is intended for dance and cinema. He has often been more than a composer for the choreographers Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, Wim Vandekeybus and his sister Michèle Anne De Mey, offering his precious collaboration in the invention of "formal strategies", to use one of his favourite expressions.

Rosas danst Rosas

Thierry De Mey filmed Rosas danst Rosas (1983) in the former technical school of architect Henry Van de Velde in Leuven. The film version is much shorter than the show itself. In his film Thierry De Mey opts for a heavily "inter-cut" version in which, apart from the cast of four dancers from 1995 and 1996, he also has all the other performers from the long history of the show dance along. He makes maximum use of the geometrical and spatial qualities of the Van de Veldes building. Incidentally, the building was thoroughly renovated straight after the film was made, making it one of the last testimonials to the original architecture. The film was shown on all of the major European television channels and also had a cinema career in the "art house circuit".

Director: Thierry De Mey

Choreography: Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker

Dancers: Cynthia Loemij, Sarah Ludi, Anne Mousselet, Samantha Van Wissen

Music: Thierry De Mey, Peter Vermeersch

Director of photography: Michel Houssiau

Camera: Philippe Guilbert, Jorge Leon

Editing: Rudi Maerten

Sound: Ricardo Castro

Mixage: Thomas Gauder

Assistant to the director: Anne Van Aerschot

Produced by: Avila & Sophimages

Co-produced by: NPS, BRTN TV2, ZDF/Arte, Le Fresnoy, Rosas

Supported by: Fonds Film in Vlaanderen, Direction de l’Audiovisuel de la Communauté Française de Belgique, National Lottery, P.A.R.T.S.