VOLKSBÜHNE
Berlin

Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker

Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker (b. 1960 in Mechelen, Belgium) counts as one of the most influential reformers of contemporary dance. Even in her earliest production, Asch (1980), De Keersmaeker showed an extraordinary sensibility for the interplay between movement and music. She continually seeks out collaborations with contemporary composers or intensively engages with existing compositions.

In 1983 De Keersmaeker founded her company Rosas. During the same year, they developed Rosas danst Rosas with music composed by Thierry de Mey and Peter Vermeersch. From 1992 to 2007, Rosas was the company in residence at the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie, the state theater of Brussels, where De Keersmaeker choreographed various operas. In her recent pieces, she has frequently worked with artists from different disciplines: in Zeitung (2008) with Alain Franco, in The Song (2009) with Ann Veronica Janssens and Michel François, in 3Abschied (2010) with Jérôme Bel, and in Partita 2 (2012) with Boris Charmatz. After Rain (2011), the Opéra de Paris added a second piece by De Keersmaeker to their ballet repertoire in 2015, namely the trilogy Bartók / Beethoven / Schönberg. Her last piece, Mitten wir im Leben sind / Bach 6 Cello Suiten, was premiered at the Ruhrtriennale in 2017—a fascinating project on Bach’s much-played Cello Suites where she came together with renowned cellist and Pierre Boulez student Jean-Guihen Queyras.

In 1995 De Keersmaeker was one of the cofounders of the Performing Arts Research and Training Studios, or P.A.R.T.S. in short, one of the most important European education centers for dance and performance, which she still directs to this day. She has received numerous awards for her artistic work, including a knighthood in 1996. In 2000 she was elected an Officier de l‘Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government.

Photo: Hugo Glendinning

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