DIGITAL PRESENTATION
Baryshnikov Arts Center Presents

PlayBAC: Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker / Rosas

Verklärte Nacht

Performances from the Archive
April 8-15, 2021

PlayBAC Series 4 features never-before-seen, high quality recordings of live performances from BAC’s 15-year history. PlayBAC videos include special introductions from Mikhail Baryshnikov and the featured artists.

Filmed January 2019 in the Jerome Robbins Theater.

Verklärte Nacht (Transfigured Night) is set to composer Arnold Schönberg's late Romantic score based on an 1866 poem by Richard Dehmel about a woman who confesses to the man she loves that she is pregnant with another man's child. Originally choreographed in 1995 for an ensemble, this 2014 reconstruction is derived from a process of reduction, concentrating the poem’s dramatic structure in an evocative dance for three performers from which the narrative lines and expressive modulations emerge.


Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker
Artist Bio

Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker

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.

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Photos: Anne Van Aerschot, Hugo Glendinning