Teresa De Keersmaeker/ROSAS
November 15, 2003
-- Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York
Ropes hanging from a hoop overhead
encircle the stage.
The musicians of Ictus file on, with singers of Synergy Vocals behind
The dancers follow, enter the circle and begin to run.
Seven women and three men directed by Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker, eleven
chords composed for eighteen musicians by Steve Reich, a packed audience
in the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House, and it begins to "Rain."
The pink washes of Jan Versweyveld’s
lighting shimmer inside his ropes.
The soft satin blushes, silvers, and whites of Dries Van Noten’s costumes
ripple with the rippling movement. When pinks become fuchsias, the lines
and movements sharpen slightly.
Everything glows a white gold
at the end.
They run and walk, they line up and pass through.
Someone gets left behind; someone else gets swept away with the tide.
A dancer’s sustained lunge to one side foreshadows the moment when two
more will join her, and they all move on, only to be replaced in space
by three others.
Shapes, ideas, and motifs materialize and dissolve.
Everyone sees each other
greets each other
when they pass each other
or stand together on the periphery
watching the others.
They are a hopeful community, at once common and other-worldly, content
with fleeting moments of connection, giving into spontaneous self-expression,
asserting their identity while embracing their responsibilities to the
As refreshing, pure, adaptable, and necessary as water, “Rain” washes
Edited by Lori Ibay
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