Rosas is the dance ensemble and production structure built around the choreographer and dancer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker. She immediately attracted the attention of the international dance scene with her 1982 debut Fase, four movements to the music of Steve Reich. Over the last 27 years, she has, with her dance company, created an impressive series of choreographic works.
Bartók / Mikrokosmos closed the week’s programme. Judith Flanders for the Arts Desk noted,
Sometimes, watching contemporary dance, you feel that no choreographer has ever known a happy moment – such angst, such grief, such terrible agony roll over the footlights out to the audience that arriving at the theatre feeling mildly content can seem like an act of subversion. On their last night of this too-short season, however, Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker’s Rosas company produced one of her most joyous, and enjoyable pieces. For as the choreographer reminds us here, joy, cheerfulness and even sheer good temper are also emotions, and also worth exploring.
Graham Spicer is a writer, director and photographer in Milan, blogging (under the name ‘Gramilano’) about dance, opera, music and photography for people “who are a bit like me and like some of the things I like”. He was a regular columnist for Opera Now magazine and wrote for the BBC until transferring to Italy.
His scribblings have appeared in various publications from Woman’s Weekly to Gay Times, and he wrote the ‘Danza in Italia’ column for Dancing Times magazine.