The Song is about a world that is rushing ahead of itself, dashing at an ever faster tempo. A world whose acceleration is increasing to the extent that standstill seems inevitable. As ever, at the heart of this whirlwind of change stands the body, at the eye of the storm. As a sounding board in a reality that is chaotically transforming. In The Song, ten dancers nine men and one woman stand on an empty stage. It is stripped to its bare essentials. To the elementary constituents of theatre: light, sound and movement. The acting area marked out by Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, together with the artists Anne Veronica Janssens and Michel François, is a desert. The arid land which in spite of itself gives life to new possibilities: a playful solo in which the body seeks out its own weightlessness or a group choreography like a flock of birds in full flight, the constantly shifting patterns at the same time a sample of mathematical precision and human inventiveness.
A performance by: Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, Ann Veronica Janssens, Michel François
Created with and performed by: Pieter Ampe, Bostjan Antoncic, Eleanor Bauer, Carlos Garbin, Matej Kejzar, Mark Lorimer, Mikael Marklund, Simon Mayer, Michael Pomero, Sandy Williams
Foley Artist: Céline Bernard
Scenography: Ann Veronica Janssens & Michel François
Costumes: Anne-Catherine Kunz
Olivia Rochette and Gerard-Jan Claes recorded the The Song at Kaaitheater in 2009.