Fase, Four Movements to the music of Steve Reich

Dance performance of Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker on minimal music of Steve Reich in Berlin

August 13th, 2019
Simona Losito, News from Berlin
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On August 24th the performance Fase, Four Movement will take place in Berlin. It consists of performance choreographed by Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, premiered in 1982. Fase comprises three duets and one solo, choreographed to four repetitive compositions by Steve Reich. After years it will be back on stage and it will unite three countries.

Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker is a Belgian dancer and choreographer; Fase was her biggest and first success and it pushed her to find her own dance company in 1983. The music on which dancers dance was composed by the American minimalist Stave Reich. He is considered one of the founders of the minimalist movement in music, but their works are inspired by African circular music. Minimalism on music is characterized by short and simply melodies and immediate rhythmic figures.

De Keersmaeker used the structure of Reich’s music to find an independent movement. Both the music and the dance start from the same principle through variations: movements are initially perfectly synchronous and then they gradually start continuously changing forms. For the first time Anne De Keersmaeker won’t perform and she passed it on to two new dancers. The exhibition will be held at the Akademie der Künste and it will give the possibility to attend the magnificent meeting of two cultures and know the art of two great artists from two different nations.


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