Foto: Anne Van Aerschot

Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker / Rosas

Dansehallerne is extremely proud to present one of the world’s greatest choreographers, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker during OPENINGS, our new expansive festival for dance. OPENINGS is the first event in Dansehallerne’s brand-new home in the Carlsberg City District.   

For the first time ever, audiences will have the opportunity to experience the iconic performance Fase, Four Movements to the Music of Steve Reich, on Danish soil. The performance premiered in 1982, and with this early work, dancer and choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker burst onto the contemporary artistic scene. 

Fase comprises three duets and one solo, choreographed to four repetitive compositions by the American minimalist Steve Reich. De Keersmaeker uses the structure of Reich’s music to develop an independent movement idiom that doesn’t merely illustrate the music but also adds a new dimension to it. Both the music and the dance start from the principle of phase shifting through tiny variations: movements that are initially perfectly synchronous gradually start slipping and sliding. The result is an ingenious play of continuously changing forms and patterns.

Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker has always danced Fase herself. In 2018, she passed it on to two new dancers for the first time in the history of the work.


OPENINGS is Dansehallerne’s new, expansive festival for dance. With the festival, we open up for top-class international performances and strong national talents. For a wide spectrum of dancing bodies: older bodies, smaller bodies, bodies of different shapes and colors. For the iconic and the surprising. For other perspectives. OPENINGS celebrates the joy of dance and makes dance accessible to everyone. 

Annual pass holders and members have been notified directly about limited ticket capacity and thus booking. Booking is still possible for all performances, and as always, it is on a first-come, first-served basis. 

About the artist: Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker (b. 1960) is one of the most important and celebrated dancers and choreographers of our time and an indispensable reference for generations of dancers, choreographers, and spectators. Over four decades, De Keersmaeker has produced a vast body of work counting more than 60 performances. In 1980, after studying dance at Mudra School in Brussels and Tisch School of the Arts in New York, De Keersmaeker created Asch, her first choreographic work. Two years later came the premiere of Fase, Four Movements to the Music of Steve Reich. De Keersmaeker established the dance company Rosas in Brussels in 1983, while creating the work Rosas danst Rosas. Since these breakthrough pieces, her choreography has been grounded in a rigorous and prolific exploration of the relationship between dance and music. She has created with Rosas a wide-ranging body of work engaging the musical structures and scores of several periods, from early music to contemporary and popular idioms. Her choreographic practice also draws formal principles from geometry, numerical patterns, the natural world, and social structures to offer a unique perspective on the body’s articulation in space and time. In 1995 De Keersmaeker established the school P.A.R.T.S. (Performing Arts Research and Training Studios) in Brussels in association with De Munt/La Monnaie.

Reviews: “Fase remains a compositional marvel, its ideas fully manifest in its material, a tribute to the choreographer, composer and their respective fields – disciplines, rather – of dance and music.” The Guardian, 2012 “With Fase, De Keersmaeker gave a new look to Minimalism. It still looks amazing.” Los Angeles Times, 2015 “De Keersmaeker demonstrates her mastery, using minimal techniques to generate an overwhelming performance.” The List, 2022 “De Keersmaeker’s choreographic genius is to take ingredients which could easily add up to something mundane, even mediocre, and create a work of mesmerising intensity. She has created a particular spellbinding artistic alchemy, which is still undiminished after all these years.” Bachtrack, 2022

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Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker / Rosas






  • 3.920:00
  • 4.917:00


1 hour 10 minutes


Dansehallerne, Franciska Clausens Plads 27, 1799 København V


Choreography: Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker. Danced by: Laura Bachman, Yuika Hashimoto. Created with: Michèle Anne De Mey, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker. Music: Steve Reich - Piano Phase (1967) - Come Out (1966) - Violin Phase (1967) - Clapping Music (1972. Lighting design: Remon Fromont. Costumes: 1981: Martine André, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker. Rehearsal Director: Fumiyo Ikeda. Artistic Coordination and Planning: Anne Van Aerschot. Assistant to the Artistic Director: Martine Lange. Technical Director: Thomas Verachtert. Technicians: Jonathan Maes, Thibault Rottiers. Costumes coordinator: Alexandra Verschueren. Assisted by Els Van Buggenhout. Sewing: Maria Eva Rodrigues-Reyes, Gisèle Charles. World Premiere: 18.03.1982 Beursschouwburg (Brussel/Bruxelles/Brussels. Production 1982: Schaamte vzw (Brussel/Bruxelles/Brussels), Avila vzw (Brussel/Bruxelles/Brussels). Coproduction: De Munt / La Monnaie (Brussel/Bruxelles/Brussels), Sadler's Wells (Londen/Londres/London), Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg, Théâtre de la Ville (Paris. Acknowledgements: Ella De Vos, Stefano Scoli. 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 and by the Flemish Community Commission (VGC).

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