A Choreographer's Score

Drumming & Rain

Drumming & Rain: A Choreographer’s Score is a conversation in which the Belgian choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker offers the performance theorist and musicologist Bojana Cvejić wide-ranging insights into choreography, and into the making of Drumming and Rain, two landmark works created to the music of minimalist composer Steve Reich. Both choreographies are known for a vitalist fusion of structural brilliance and virtuosic energy. Not only the superb dancing, but also the costumes by Dries Van Noten and the scenography by Jan Versweyveld participate in the integrated composition of the two performances.

This third and final edition of A Choreographer’s Score comprises a book of interviews, illustrated by numerous drawings, diagrams, photos, various choreographic and dramaturgical materials, and post-performance documents, as well as two DVDs including demonstrations performed by an excellent cast of dancers from the ensemble Rosas. The Ictus ensemble provides the live performance of Reich’s spellbinding music. The interviews are accompanied by a third DVD that presents an entire recording of Drumming (2012 revival) with optional voice-over commentary.

 





En Atendant & Cesena

"En Atendant & Cesena: A Choreographer’s Score" is a conversation in which the Belgian choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker offers the performance theorist and musicologist Bojana Cvejić wide-ranging insights into choreography, and into the making of her two most recent large-scale works, En Atendant and Cesena (co-authored by Björn Schmelzer and visually shaped by Ann Veronica Janssens), which explore the world of Ars subtilior, the highly refined musical style of the late fourteenth century. The same special format of scoring by way of narration, analysis, and documentation, devised by the authors as an examination of De Keersmaeker’s early works in A Choreographer’s Score: Fase, Rosas danst Rosas, Elena's Aria, Bartók (2012), is enriched here by the manifold registers and intricacies of a mature style and an elaborate poetics. Thirty years of development in De Keersmaeker’s oeuvre has taken place since the times discussed and documented in the first Choreographer’s Score.

This second edition comprises a book of interviews, illustrated by numerous drawings, schemes, photos, various choreographic and dramaturgical materials, and post-performance documents, as well as 3 DVDs including demonstrations performed by an excellent cast of dancers from the ensemble Rosas and singers from the ensemble Graindelavoix. As a special feature of the three video interviews, excerpts from the filmed performances in the Papal Palace in Avignon by the filmmakers Olivia Rochette and Gerard-Jan Claes are included. The compound score is accompanied by a book of photographs by the visual artist Michel François, whose gaze stems from his collaborative role in shaping the visual space of En Atendant.

 

 





Fase, Rosas danst Rosas, Elena’s Aria, Bartók

"A Choreographer’s Score: Fase, Rosas danst Rosas, Elena’s Aria, Bartók" is a conversation in which the Belgian choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker offers the performance theorist and musicologist Bojana Cvejić wide-ranging insights into choreography and into the making of the four early works (1981-86). A narrative self-analysis is prompted by questions aimed at uncovering methods and intuitions from the formative years of this distinguished choreographer. Where did the first dance movements come from? How were intricate structures conceived, and how did the joyful invention of counterpoint and performing styles take place?

De Keersmaeker reflects on her memory of reasons and chance-events that determined choices of music and movement, spatial and lighting architecture. She seeks to illuminate what guides the “organization of bodies and energies in space and time” in the four works that make up the basis for her choreographic œuvre.

 

Searching for a way to mediate the rich and diverse material that forms a choreography, De Keersmaeker and Cvejić create a compound score for Fase, Rosas danst Rosas, Elena’s Aria, and Bartók’s String Quartet No. 4. The score for each of the four choreographies combines a detailed verbal account, illustrated by numerous drawings, schemes, photos, and post- performance documents, with demonstrations danced by the choreographer, and excerpts from performances in which explanations begin to dance.

The book won the Fernand Baudin Prize 2012.