Work/Travail/Arbeid, by Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker

Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker takes her Vortex Temporum, an intense spiraling movement-and-sound choreography to Gérard Grisey’s eponymous music, and reimagines it expanding over time and into the contemporary art space of Wiels.


For Work/Travail/Arbeid, dancers from De Keersmaeker’s company Rosas swirl, and musicians from the contemporary music ensemble Ictus play among – rather than in front of – spectators who move in and out of the exhibition space freely. A continuous flow of energy unfolding throughout Wiels’ opening hours.


Performed live over nine weeks, evolving every hour of every day; an extraordinary exhibition.




Choreographed in De Keersmaeker’s signature circular patterns, with exhaustively rehearsed, precisely calculated yet fluid moves, mastered to appear free and effortless – almost improvised.






Watching them had me thinking that, sometimes, running in circles can be a good thing.


Work/Travail/Arbeid runs until 17 May, 2015

WIELS, Contemporary Art Centre

Visited on 4 April 2015

Update June 2015

For an extensive, well balanced, overall picture of this performance, please read this article by Hans-Maarten Post of Utopia Parkway. It also contains information about its rerun in Brussels, performances in Paris and London and links to more reviews.

Photos by Konstantinos Implikian


5 thoughts on “Work/Travail/Arbeid, by Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker

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  2. I needed to catch the video on the Rosas link to get a better feel — to add the musicians would have made this piece expand, I imagine. I love that the costumes were everyday chinos/shirts with bright shoes — it makes me imagine that everyone has a dancer inside of them. Very cool and beautiful movement. XO

    • Yes, it’s very difficult to describe the feeling of it which is why I didn’t even bother to write more; I figured if someone is really interested they would dig further – and here you are! xxx

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