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giveaway: rosas' cesna, carriageworks

Carlos Garbin (left centre) and Marie Goudot (right centre), Cesena, Rosas at Palais des Papes in Avignon, France Carlos Garbin (left centre) and Marie Goudot (right centre), Cesena, Rosas at Palais des Papes in Avignon, France
photo © Anne Van Aerschot

4 double passes to Rosas' Cesena, September 15

This giveaway represents a rare opportunity to witness the work of one of the world's most acclaimed dance companies.

In association with the 18th Biennale of Sydney: all our relations, Carriageworks is presenting the Australian premiere of two new works by renowned Belgian contemporary dance ensemble, Rosas, directed by the legendary choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker.

Rosas' performances in Robyn Archer's 2000 Adelaide Festival (see RT36) proved to be the greatest contemporary dance experience for many since Pina Bausch's appearance with three works in the same festival as long ago as 1982.

In 2000, Rosas presented De Keersmaeker's Fase, Drumming and I Said I, replete with superb dancers, live music and spoken word (in the two and a half hour I Said I, the text Peter Handke's Self-Accusation). Theatrically, musically and, of course, choreographically these were consummate performances, deeply rooted in but transcending modern dance tradition.

En Atendant, Rosas, Cloître des Célestins, Avignon, France En Atendant, Rosas, Cloître des Célestins, Avignon, France
photo © Herman Sorgeloos
In Sydney Rosas will present two complementary productions—Cesena and En Atendant. In Cesena (see Alex Ferguson's review of the recent Montreal performance) De Keersmaeker has collaborated with musical director Björn Schmelzer and his graindelavoix music ensemble who perform live. In a cast of 19, the dancers sing and the singers dance while Janssen’s set and lighting "provides a sculpture of passing time and hints at the constant transformation of the world around us" (press release).

If Cesena celebrates the new day, Rosas' other production En Atendant evokes the transition from twilight into night with eight dancers, three musicians and one singer presenting De Keersmaeker’s continuing exploration of the interplay of music and dance, staged in a design by visual artist Michel François. The work is shaped musically by Ars Subtilior, "a form of 14th century polyphony based on dissonance and contrast, developed in the aftermath of plague and religious conflict in Europe and cleverly used here to reflect the chaos of our own time" (press release). De Keersmaeker is never less than adventurous and insightful in her engagement with music.

4 double passes courtesy of Carriageworks to Cesna September 15
Email [email protected] with your name, address and contact number.

Rosas, En Atendant, Sept 11, 12, 8pm; Cesena, Sept 14, 15, 8pm; Carriageworks, Sydney,; post show talk with Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker Sept 14 for performance ticketholders.

RealTime issue #110 Aug-Sept 2012 pg. web

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