Belgium. Re:Rosas. Make your own Rosas danst Rosas.
Rosas challenges everyone to dance the famous Rosas danst Rosas chair scene, film it and put it on YouTube. The entries will be collected at www.rosasdanstrosas.be.
In 1983, exactly thirty years ago, the young Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker surprised everyone with Rosas danst Rosas. The performance quickly became an international classic that is still staged today.
A lot of amusing and original versions of the famous chair scene are still circulating on the net, from Japanese teenagers who delve into the material to schoolgirls dancing to Madonna’s Like a Virgin. The icon of contemporary dance has invaded the domain of pop culture, and so the circle is complete: for this choreography the dancers were inspired by everyday life. This gave Anne Teresa the idea to give back the dance material and to make it public property, as it were.
The fABULEUS Rosas Remix Project
In Re:Rosas our aim is to bring contemporary dance to a wide audience and stimulate young people to start dancing themselves, to give them an insight into the finer points of the material, not to mention the pleasure of puzzling over choreographic structures.
At www.rosasdanstrosas.be you will find four short films in which Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker and Samantha van Wissen explain the individual movements in the chair scene, step by step. This allows everyone to get to work on their own free interpretation: in a different setting, with lots of dancers, with the original or other music… anything is possible.
Anyone can upload their YouTube film to www.rosasdanstrosas.be and join the creative souls who have already set to work with this classic. During the summer months you can expect to see some surprising films. The most evocative films will be screened to accompany the revival of Rosas danst Rosas in Kaaitheater on 8, 9, 10 and 12 October. At that time we will look back at Re:Rosas, and hope that the performance that started it all thirty years ago will continue to inspire people all over the world.
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