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.

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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.

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

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

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

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Work/Travail/Arbeid runs until 17 May, 2015

WIELS, Contemporary Art Centre
Brussels

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