News: Rosas Danst Rosas remixed

Wednesday 9 October 2013 by Lise Smith

30 years ago, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s dance company Rosas put burst onto the international dance scene with its second production Rosas danst Rosas. This summer, the company invited people all over the world to create their own “remixed” version.

In celebration of the company’s 30th anniversary, Rosas put out an open call to dancers of all ages and nationalities to create their own versions of Rosas Danst Rosas, following instructions given online by Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker and four of her company dancers.

The response was overwhelming, with 250 films uploaded to the project website. Dancers sent films from Europe, Australia, Mexico, Shanghai and Burkina Faso. “It is a pleasure to see how 30 years after the first show, the chair scene is being re-choreographed by young and old, cheerleaders, athletes, circus people and pregnant women, with 80 people together or even solo, in the office, the metro, the city or in the forest, the mountains and even in the water,“ says the company website.

A trailer for the project shows people performing the choreography in a wide range of locations around the world, including a risky-looking section on a rooftop and a version on a subway train. The films are being shown this week at the Kaaitheater in Brussels on a “wall of fame” made of television screens, and can also be viewed at the Rosas website here.

The project has been so successful to date that Rosas are still accepting films for the online archive. Why not grab a chair and give the choreography a go?

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