Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker 

(1960)

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Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker (born 1960, Belgium) is one of the most prominent choreographers in contemporary dance. De Keersmaeker was born and grew up in Flemish-speaking Mechelen, and began to study dance only in her last year at high school. In 1980, following studies at choreographer Maurice Bejart’s Mudra dance school in Brussels, she went to the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. She was introduced to Reich’s minimalist music and saw it as an open invitation to learn to choreograph. On returning from the USA she created Fase (French), four movements to the music of Steve Reich. It was this production that brought her name to the attention of the dance world. She revived the piece in 2012 and took it to the Tate in London. At the age of 52, De Keersmaeker, herself was one of the dancers to perform five times a day plus the one-hour evening performances.The success of Fase contributed also to the foundation of the all female company Rosas in 1983. Rosas danst Rosas, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s first choreography for the young company brought Rosas the international breakthrough as a company. Over the years she’s added more layers to her choreography — text, voice and film, men joined the company in 1987. Today she has a dance school in Brussels called Parts (Performing Arts Research and Training Studios). Along with Belgian experimentalists, including Jan Fabre, Alain Platel, Wim Vandekeybus and later Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, she has made Belgium a world player in contemporary dance.

 

Anna Teresa de Keersmaeker