As her latest project, Anne Teresa is working on a duo work with Boris Charmatz. I am currently working on a collaboration with Un Yamada. Since we live far apart we are working on it over the Internet, and so, rather than talking on and on in a planning meeting we decided to send each other something, anything each day, even if it is only one or two words. And already it has accumulated into over 600 words (laughs). It is more stimulating than I ever imagined it would be, and I’m very excited to see how it will turn out. And, in 2014 I plan to present a work based on Junichiro Tanizaki’s
and in 2015 a work of
We look forward to your new works. Thank you for taking so much time to talk to us today.
Born in Osaka in 1962 and raised in Fukui, Japan. In 1979 Fumiyo Ikeda entered the Mudra School founded by Maurice Bejart. There she met Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker and joined her in forming Rosas. From then until 1992 Ikeda participated in the creation of all Rosas works and performed in them as a dancer. After leaving the company she has continued to participate as a dancer in Rosas stages, films and videos. In 1997, Ikeda rejoined Rosas. In recent years she has begun creating works based on her own ideas. With the cooperation of Alain Platel and in collaboration with actor Benjamin Verdonck as co-creator and co-performer she presented the work Nine Finger (2007) and then presented her solo work in pieces (2009) created in collaboration with representative British choreographer Tim Etchells. She worked with the Nature Theater of Oklahoma to present the work Life ＆ Times Episode 2 (2010) and is touring in 2012 as a dancer with the Rosas productions Drumming and Elena’s Aria
Rosas is one of Belgium’s representative dance companies. It was founded in 1983 by Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, who studied at the Mudra School founded by Maurice Bejart in Brussels and the Tisch School of the Arts in New York, and four fellow female dancers from the Mudra School. The group’s debut work was Rosas danst Rosas . From 1992 to 2007 Rosas was the resident dance company of the Theatre Royal de la Monnaie. The company’s progressive works are characterized by a pursuit of the relationship between the composition of the music and the physical movement. Recently, many of the company’s works have a theatrical orientation with considerable amounts of spoken script. Rosas has won many coveted awards such as the Bessie Award. The company has also collaborated in numerous film and video works with artists like Peter Greenaway.
* Benjamin Verdonck
Born in Antwerp, Belgium in 1972, Verdonck is an actor, writer and visual artist. Since 2000, he has presented cutting-edge performance works in public venues such as conducting a 3-day discussion with a pig that drew attention as a dramatization of the confused relationship between the United States and Iraq.
* Alain Platel
Born in 1956 in Ghent, Belgium, Platel formed Les Ballets C. de la B. in 1986. He is one of Belgium’s most recognized choreographers and directors creating progressive works using international casts of dancers, singers and musicians.
* Tim Etchells
Born in 1962, Etchells is a director who presents progressive works as the artistic director of the UK-based performance company Forced Entertainment.
Photo: Hirohisa Koike
Photo: Herman Sorgeloos
Photo: Herman Sorgeloos