Rosas danst Rosas

Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker/Rosas (BE)

In 1983, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker had her international breakthrough with Rosas danst Rosas, a performance that has since become a benchmark in the history of postmodern dance. Rosas danst Rosasbuilds on the minimalism initiated in Fase (1982):  abstract movements constitute the basis of a layered choreographic structure in which repetition plays the lead role. The fierceness of these movements is countered by small everyday gestures. Rosas danst Rosas is unequivocally feminine: four female dancers dance themselves, again and again. The exhaustion and perseverance that come with it create an emotional tension that contrasts sharply with the rigorous structure of the choreography. The repetitive, “maximalistic” music by Thierry De Mey and Peter Vermeersch was created concurrently with the choreography. This restaging of Rosas danst Rosas will be danced by a completely new young cast.

duration: 1 h, 35 min.

+ Tanzworkshop mit Rehearsal Director Fumiyo Ikeda (Companymitglied Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker) am Fr 19.04., 11:00 Uhr

Join in “Re:Rosas”!

In her internet project “Re:Rosas” choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker invites dance enthusiasts from all over the world to learn parts of the choreography of “Rosas danst Rosas” and to publish their own version.

Meanwhile more than 400 videos have been uploaded. Further information can be found at

The resulting videos can be viewed free of charge on the upper floor of the Festspielhaus for two weeks from 18.04.2019.

Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker
Danced by:
Laura Bachman, Anika Edström Kawaji, Laura Maria Poletti, Soa Ratsifandrihana
Created with (1983):
Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, Adriana Borriello, Michèle Anne De Mey, Fumiyo Ikeda
Thierry De Mey, Peter Vermeersch
Thierry De Mey (percussion, piano) , Walter Hus (piano), Eric Sleichim (saxophone), Peter Vermeersch (clarinet)
Lighting Design:
Remon Fromont
Rehearsal Directors:
Fumiyo Ikeda
Artistic coordination and planning:
Anne Van Aerschot
Technical Director:
Joris De Bolle
Coordination costumes:
Heath Vanderieck
Quentin Maes, Sari-Lynn Kerkhofs

world premiere
06.05.1983, Kaaitheaterfestival,Théâtre de la Balsamine (Brussels)

Production 1983
Rosas & Kaaitheater

De Munt / La Monnaie (Brussels), Sadler’s Wells (London), Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg

Rosas is supported by the Vlaamse Gemeenschap and the BNP Paribas Foundation.

Rosas has supported the Flamande Community and the BNP Paribas Foundation.

Rosas is supported by the Flemish Community and the BNP Paribas Foundation.

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