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'Dark Red - Beyeler/RPS' by Rosas

What would it mean for choreography to perform as an exhibition? How does the architecture of museum spaces encounter the architecture of bodies? What dialogues can unfold between dance and visual art?

7 years after the groundbreaking exhibition Work/Travail/Arbeid (2015) at WIELS, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker and Rosas return to these questions that inspired the WIELS exhibition with the choreography Dark Red. On view from Saturday 23 April to 8 May at Rosas (Rosas Performance Space, Van Volxemlaan 164, 1190 Brussels).

Dark Red Beyeler RPS Anne Van Aerschot1

© Anne Van Aerschot

In 2021, De Keersmaeker was invited by Fondation Beyeler to create Dark Red—Beyeler, where the dancing body faced the sculptural work of Auguste Rodin and Hans Arp. As a durational ‘live installation’, the performers bring the sculptures to life. They create kinetic links between static figures, playing on the line between abstraction and representation. Occasionally, a solo performer appears as a tour guide to share his thoughts on the sculptors and their work.

Now, with Dark Red—Beyeler/RPS, this work is shown in the home of Rosas; the place where the research for this creation initially took place. How does the choreography evolve in this space? What echoes remain of the sculptures that inspired it? How will embodied abstraction be experienced here?