Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement
Awards Ceremony – Ca’ Giustinian, 1st Floor – Saturday June 27th at 11:30 am
06 | 27 | 2015
The Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement in Dance for the year 2015 has been awarded to Belgian choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker because, says the motivation, she “represents the interface between creation and the processes of transmission. Her poetic gesture expressed through the body led to a significant transferral between western cultures towards an understanding of the body in theatre as a medium for experimentation with language. Electing space as the platform of the world, on it she positions the bodies in experimentations that allow us to perceive man as he opens up to new places. She has been mindful of the measure and duration of the sonorous body in the individual and the dancer to carry him to the threshold of the World”.
In the past the acknowledgment for Lifetime Achievement for Dance has been awarded to Merce Cunningham (1995), Carolyn Carlson (2006), Pina Bausch (2007), Jirí Kylián (2008), William Forsythe (2010), Sylvie Guillem (2012), and Steve Paxton (2014).
Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker (Mechelen – Belgium, 1960). A leading figure in Belgian and European dance since the Eighties, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker is an artist who has always considered the relationship between music and movement to be very important. Trained at Maurice Béjart’s Mudra in Brussels and at the Tisch School of Arts in New York, her first international success came in 1982, with Fase, Four Movements to the Music of Steve Reich. In 1983 she founded the Rosas company in Brussels, which made its debut with Rosas danst Rosas, followed in 1984 by Elena’s Aria (to recordings of arias sung by Caruso), in which for the first time she introduced spoken texts and film clips, and by Bartók/Aantekeningen (1986). In 1987 she presented Verkommenes Ufer/Medeamaterial Landschaft mit Argonauten (a dance-theatre production based on the writings of Heiner Müller), to which over the years she added many other works, including Drumming (1998), Quartett and I said I (1999), In Real Time (2000), Rain (2001), Bartók/Beethoven/Schönberg Repertory Evening II (2006), Keeping Still (2007), The Song (2009) and the most recent Partita 2, in which she performed with Boris Charmatz.
In 1992 Rosas became the resident company of the La Monnaie Theatre in Brussels, where it would remain through 2007; since then de Keersmaeker has worked at the creation of a repertory and the foundation of a new contemporary dance school, P.A.R.T.S. (Performing Arts Research & Training Studios), which opened in 1995 and was awarded the Silver Lion of the Biennale di Venezia in 2010.
In 1992 the short black-and-white film Rosa – choreography by de Keersmaeker to music by Bartók – by director Peter Greenaway participated in the 49th Venice International Film Festival.
During her career, de Keersmaeker has directed three works of musical theatre: Bluebeard’s Castle by Béla Bartók (1998), I due Foscari by Giuseppe Verdi (2003), Hanjo by Toshio Hosokawa (2004).