En Atendant/Cesena preview – Rosas: Sadler’s Wells 5-9 November 2012

As the day is long

En Atendant – Rosas. Photo by Michel Francois

Ars Subtilior was a form of secular music developed in fourteenth century France. Characterised by its complex rhythmic structure, it ties together the two works created by Belgian choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker for her Rosas company that will have their UK premieres at London’s Sadler’s Wells on 5-9 November 2012.

En Atendant (5 & 6 November), employing three musicians and a singer as well as eight dancers, strives to capture the transition of twilight to night in a musical setting that was developed in the traumatic aftermath of the Black Death. Originally premiered outdoors in 2010 at sunset in the Cloître des Célestins in Avignon, the piece has since been adapted for the stage.

Cesena (8 & 9 November), on the other hand, celebrates the awakening of a new day. The 19 dancers and singers interchange roles in the midst of Ann Veronica Janssen’s set that melts from darkness to light. Named after an Italian city that was the scene of a 14th century massacre, Cesena too was premiered in the great outdoors, this time at the Palais des Papes in Avignon, just as night-time turned to day.

Rosas established themselves three decades ago and built their reputation around the central core of critically acclaimed choreographer and performer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker. Their work holds a special place in the canon of explorative European dance.

For a short clip of Rosas performing En Atendant and Cesena, and to book tickets, try http://www.sadlerswells.com/show/Rosas-En-Atendant-and-Cesena

Gerard Davis

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