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91º Anniversary Teatro Rivoli

National premiere

Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, Amandine Beyer / Rosas, Gli Incogniti

Mystery Sonatas / for Rosa





“A rose is a rose is a rose.”
— Gertrude Stein

Music and geometry have always been central to the work of Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker. In Mystery Sonatas / for Rosa these interests form a bond through a symbol — the rose. With a long history of symbolism in art history and literature, the rose often represents secrecy and mystery. Written around 1676, the Mystery Sonatas is a musical translation of the fifteen Sacred Mysteries of the life of the Virgin Mary. In this choreography, roses are not simply at play because of their beauty, but because of their resistance — with every rose comes its thorns. The dancing body, as an individual or a community, becomes an act of resistance, while Biber’s music, rich in virtuosity and narrative, opens a door to it. This work is dedicated to women of resistance — Rosa Bonheur, Rosa Luxemburg, Rosa Parks, Rosa Vergaelen, and Rosa, the 15-year-old climate activist who died in the Belgian floodings of 2021.

In 1980, after studying dance at the Mudra School in Brussels and the Tisch School of the Arts in New York, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker (who was born in 1960) created Asch, her first choreographic work. Two years later, she premiered Fase, Four Movements to the Music of Steve Reich. She founded the Rosas company in 1983, in Brussels, while working on Rosas danst Rosas. Her choreographies have since been seen as means to explore the existing relation between dance and music. She has created a wide-ranging body of work with Rosas, engaging the musical structures of several periods, from early music to more contemporary and popular idioms. Her work also draws formal principles from geometry and numerical patterns to offer a unique perspective on the body’s articulation in space and time. In 1995, De Keersmaeker established the P.A.R.T.S. (Performing Arts Research and Training Studios) school in Brussels in association with De Munt / La Monnaie.

Co-presentation with:
Culturgest – Fundação Caixa Geral de Depósitos, January 25th and 26th, 2023


live music



© Anne Van Aerschot

© Anne Van Aerschot

© Anne Van Aerschot

© Anne Van Aerschot

© Anne Van Aerschot

Info sobre horário e bilhetes






RivoliGrand Auditorium


Aditional info

  • Price Free upon ticket collection (max 2 per person), on the day of the sessions, from 10:00am, at the Rivoli ticket office or at BOL
    Duration 2h30
    Age rating 12+
    Additional information This performance contains strobe lights

Author's bio text

Ficha Técnica

  • Choreography Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker
    Performers Lav Crnčević, Sophia Dinkel, José Paulo dos Santos, Rafa Galdino, Frank Gizycki, Mariana Miranda, Cintia Sebők, Mamadou Wagué
    Created with Lav Crnčević, Sophia Dinkel, José Paulo dos Santos, Rafa Galdino, Frank Gizycki, Mariana Miranda, Laura Maria Poletti, Cintia Sebők, Jacob Storer, Mamadou Wagué
    Music Mystery Sonatas, Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber
    Musical direction Amandine Beyer
    Musicians Gli Incogniti: Amandine Beyer (violin) Baldomero Barciela Varela (viole de gambe), Ignacio Laguna Navarro (theorbo and baroque guitar), Francesco Romano (archluth), Anna Fontana (harpsichord and organ)
    Set and lighting design Minna Tiikkainen
    Rehearsal directors Diane Madden
    Costumes Fauve Ryckebusch
    Research Lieze Eneman, Tessa Hall
    Sound Camille Frachet
    Artistic coordination and planning Anne Van Aerschot
    Artistic assistant Martine Lange
    Tour manager Bert De Bock
    Technical director Freek Boey
    Assistant technical director Jonathan Maes
    Technicians Calvin Ferdinando Carrier, Thibault Rottiers
    Costumes coordination Alexandra Verschueren assisted by Els Van Buggenhout
    Sewing Emmanuelle Erhart, Ester Manas, Martha Verleyen
    Wardrobe Ella De Vos
    Production Rosas
    Coproduction Concertgebouw Brugge, De Munt / La Monnaie, Dance Reflections by Van Cleef & Arpels, Théâtre de la Ville à Paris, Spoleto Festival dei Due Mondi
    Acknowledgements Boštjan Antončič, David Durán, Steven Fillet, Marie Goudot, Yuika Hashimoto, La Fille d'O, Ester Manas, Michaël Pomero
    This production is realized with the support of the Tax Shelter of the Belgian Federal Government, in collaboration with Casa Kafka Pictures – Belfius
    Rosas is supported by the Flemish Community, the Flemish Community Commission (VGC), and by the BNP Paribas Foundation

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