/ Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker
/Travail /Arbeid, 2015
Video and sound, 6h
28 - December 2, 2018
Space: North Cloister
What would it take for a choreography to be performed as
an exhibition? This question constitutes the starting point 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 resulting exhibition was on view for nine weeks at WIELS in
Brussel. Afterwards an abridged version travelled to the Centre
Pompidou, Tate Modern and MoMA.
In an attempt to do justice to the impressive project in a cinematographic
way, filmmaker and writer Eric de Kuyper opted for a radical approach
that first and foremost highlights the relationship between the
dance and the musical score by Gérard Grisey. Babette Mangolte's
camera work is equally essential to the end-result, capturing the
dancers of Rosas and the musicians of Ictus with a limpid clarity.
A continuous showing of the six-hour-long film, ranging over a period
of a few days or weeks and situated in a sizeable space, offers
the viewer the possibility of attending the film’s screening
at any chosen time and length. In a way, it also allows for an experience
closest to that of the original dance-exhibition itself.
This projection is made on the occasion of
the national premiere at the Teatro Central (Sevilla) of the work
Achterland, also by Teresa De Keersmaeker.
Eric de Kuyper
Yves De Mey
Work/Travail/Arbeid is a production of Rosas & WIELS and was
made possible with the support of De Munt/La Monnaie, Centre for
Fine Arts Brussels (BOZAR), Kaaitheater, KunstenFestivaldesArts,
Ictus, BNP Paribas Fortis, Fondation BNP Paribas, WIELS Patrons,
and Rolex Institute.