Zeitung (2008) is a piece by Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker and pianist Alain Franco, searching for the balance between dance and music, romanticism and disillusion, mathematics and improvisation. The students of PARTS worked five weeks on the original material, composition and improvisational tasks.
Performers: Louis Combeaud, José Paulo dos Santos, Youness Khoukhou, Renan Martins de Oliveira, Radouan Mriziga, Mohamed Toukabri
Music: Johann Sebastian Bach, Anton Webern, Arnold Schönberg – solo piano: rehearsal recordings by Alain Franco; orchestral sections: Pierre Boulez/ Berliner Philarmoniker and Pierre Boulez/BBC Singers
Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker: After studying at the MUDRA dance school and the Tisch School of the Arts in New York, in 1980 Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker created Asch, her first choreographic work. 1982 saw the premiere of Fase, four movements to the music of Steve Reich, one of the most influential pieces of choreography of the era. In 1983 De Keersmaeker set up her Rosas company at the same time as creating the work Rosas danst Rosas. The focus of her work is the relationship between dance and music. She has used the music of composers from several periods. While Rosas was resident at La Monnaie (1992-2007), De Keersmaeker directed a number of operas. The relationship between dance and words is another thread running through her work. Her recent productions have been characterised by cooperation with visual artists. In 1995 she established the P.A.R.T.S. dance school in association with La Monnaie.
Alain Franco was born in Antwerp. He followed musical studies (piano, theory, music analysis) in the Belgian conservatories and post-master studies in France (DEA « Musique et Musicologie du XXe siècle » - IRCAM-EHESS). He worked as a musician (playing , conducting) with orchestras and ensembles in Europe, both in Classical and Contemporary repertoire. Recent musical projects include : « Lieber Arnold, » (Schoenberg piano music ) – Nadine (Brussels) ; « Editing Das Wohltemperierte Klavier » - Kaaitheater (Brussels); « Es lebe die freiheit, oder ? » - Akademie der Künste (Berlin). He focuses since a few years on collaborations with choreographers and performance artists. Recent projects include: « Zeitung » /Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker) – Théâtre de la Ville (Paris) ; « Songs of Love and War » / Deufert+Plischke – Kampnagel (Hamburg) ; « Mouvement pour quatuor » /Claire Croizé – Etienne Guilloteau –Opéra National Brussels. Current projects and activities in 2012 are : Meg Stuart / Damaged Goods : creation « Built to Last » (Münchner Kammerspiele) and Deufert+Plischke : « The (En)tropical Institute » - Universität der Künste (Berlin) among other things.