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Vortex Temporum & Fase

May 11, 2017 - May 14, 2017
Venue:National Theater

De Keersmaeker re-presents her timeless classic in person; Visualizing the ultimate complexity of polyphony in Grisey's masterpiece with brilliant choreography.

After Rain in 2006 and Rosas danst Rosas & Drumming in 2015, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker and her company Rosas visit Taiwan for the third time, presenting two emblematic choreographies.

Vortex Temporum, created in 2013 and based on the eponymous work by Gérard Grisey, features seven dancers, sharing the stage with seven musicians from the Belgian music ensemble Ictus. Probing the question: ‘how can you visualise polyphony by dancing it?' De Keersmaeker decided to stage an intricate intertwining of sound and movement. Each dancer is linked to one of the seven musicians, and colours his or her dancing with patterns of movement proper to the instrument. Both the dancers and musicians travel the stage following a pattern – a vortex – of swirling circles. As De Keersmaeker observes: “Time can be thought of as both linear and cyclical. That which we call ‘now' is, in fact […] a balancing act between memory and anticipation.”

Made in 1982, Fase is De Keersmaeker's very first creation. Based on four pieces of music composed by Steve Reich, Violin Phase, Piano Phase, Come Out and Clapping Music, the work has fascinated the world ever since its premiere. Two female dancers wearing simple outfits, engage in simple dance phrases based on elemental movements like turning and jumping. Through tiny variations they create a complex play of continuously changing forms and patterns, mirroring the principle of phase shifting present in the music. De Keersmaeker will dance this classic in person.