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Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker | Rosas. Dark Red

24.03.2022 to 27.03.2022
Neue Nationalgalerie

Over four days, the Belgian dance company Rosas will occupy the Exhibition Hall of the Neue Nationalgalerie with a performance that was specially created for the building. The piece provides museum-goers with a unique exploration of the interplay between architecture, sculpture, music and dance. The Rosas production Dark Red (a series of compositions made for different museum spaces) has most recently been performed at Kolumba in Cologne and at Fondation Beyeler in Basel.

Dark Red’s multi-day showing marks the first performance of a major choreographic work in Mies van der Rohe’s iconic museum building. The vast, transparent space of the exhibition hall serves as the stage for this dance piece by the Belgian choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, which was produced in collaboration with dancers Cassiel Gaube and Soa Ratsifandrihana, flautist Chryssi Dimitriou, and visual artist Ann Veronica Janssens.

Breath as Motif and the Dialogue with the Architecture of the Neue Nationalgalerie

The performance takes the theme of breath as its point of departure, which has long been a central choreographic principle in De Keersmaeker’s art, and is a theme that takes on a new relevance against the backdrop of the pandemic. The piece involves a live performance of L’Opera per Faluto by Salvatore Sciarrino, in which the existential need for breath and air is expressed through music. Echoing the process of inhaling and exhaling, the dancers move through the room in the cyclical motion of a pulsating spiral.

In this performance, which was developed specially for the Neue Nationalgalerie, De Keersmaeker places a focus on creating an engaged dialogue with the architecture of the space. The choreography confronts the architectural rigidity of the building with the dancing, breathing body, allowing visitors to experience the famous museum building in an entirely new way.

About Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker

Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker (born 1960) created her first choreographic work in 1980, after studying dance at the Mudra School in Brussels and at Tisch School of the Arts in New York. She founded the dance company Rosas in 1983, with which she has created a wide-ranging body of work that engages with the musical styles of several historical periods. De Keersmaeker’s choreographic practice draws on formal principles from geometry and social structures, offering a unique perspective on the movement of the body through space and time.

The performances will take place from 24–27 March 2022 during the regular opening hours of the museum.

Tickets cost 12 Euros per performance and are available from Wednesday, March 9 2022, 9 am in the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin ticket webshop.


The exhibition is curated by Irina Hiebert Grun and Joachim Jäger.

Sponsored by the Beauftragte des Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien (Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media - BKM)

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