Fase, Four Movements to the Music of Steve Reich, choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s very first performance, premiered in 1982. Fase comprises three duets and one solo, choreographed to four repetitive compositions by the American minimalist Steve Reich. De Keersmaeker uses the structure of Reich’s music to develop an independent movement idiom that doesn’t merely illustrate the music but also adds a new dimension to it. Both the music and the dance start from the principle of phase shifting through tiny variations: movements that are initially perfectly synchronous gradually start slipping and sliding, resulting in an ingenious play of continuously changing forms and patterns. Her solo Violin Phase is the third of the four movements this piece consists of: De Keersmaeker moves in circular patterns with strict repetitions of a single turning, twisting a phrase that brilliantly plays off the music’s formalism and drama.
ANNE TERESA DE KEERSMAEKER (Brussels)
In 1980, after studying dance at Mudra School in Brussels and Tisch School of the Arts in New York, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker (b. 1960) created Asch, her first choreographic work. Two years later came the premiere of Fase, Four Movements to the Music of Steve Reich. De Keersmaeker established the dance company Rosas in Brussels in 1983, while creating the work Rosas danst Rosas. Since these breakthrough pieces, her choreography has been grounded in a rigorous and prolific exploration of the relationship between dance and music. She has created with Rosas a wide-ranging body of work engaging the musical structures and scores of several periods, from early music to contemporary and popular idioms.
Her choreographic practice also draws formal principles from geometry, numerical patterns, the natural world, and social structures to offer a unique perspective on the body’s articulation in space and time. In 1995 De Keersmaeker established the school P.A.R.T.S. (Performing Arts Research and Training Studios) in Brussels in association with De Munt/La Monnaie.
Choreography: Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker
Dance by Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker
Concept : Thierry De Mey
Music : Steve Reich – Violin Phase (1967)
Violon (recording) : Shem Guibbory
Artistic coordination and planning : Anne Van Aerschot
Technical Director: Joris Erven
Technician : Max Adams
With the support of la Banque Internationale Arabe de Tunisie (BIAT) Technical Partner : SYBEL Light & Sound
Place provided by l’Institut National du Patrimoine (INP)
Production : Rosas / Violin Phase was created at the dance Department of the Tisch School of the Arts in New York and was performed for the first time in April in 1981 at the Festival Early Modern Dance, Purchase, New York.