• Season 2023-2024
  • Danse
  • Danse

EXIT ABOVE - d'après la tempête

  • Choreography
  • Rosas compagny
    • Compagnie Rosas
  • Music
    • Jean-Marie Aerts, Meskerem Mees, Carlos Garbin
  • Music performed by
    • Carlos Garbin, Meskerem Mees
  • Dates Sep 20 - Sep 22, 2023
  • Rates From 10€ to 40€
  • Location Opéra de Lyon
  • Running Time 1h30

In a few words

Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker tapped into her own basics for this show: the fundamentals of her particular choreography style, which essentially consists in stretching out the act of walking to infinite ends. She turned to the music that supported her process: Robert Leroy Johnson’s blues and Shubert’s Romantic lied, tied together by the work of musician Meskerem Mees.


“She got an Elgin movement from her head down to her toes”, sings Robert Leroy Johnson in Walking Blues, an elated refrain whose spin invades the entire body. His blues is built on movement, wanderings, and rhythms: chords and cadences born in the Mississippi Delta from which many 20th century pop and rock musicians drew inspiration. Following in the footsteps of Robert Johnson, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker produced a piece around the basics of music and dance. Between Walking Blues and our choreographer’s fundamental “my walking is my dancing” theme, the link goes beyond mere analogy, with a deep understanding of unadornment, of the expressive power of the simplest aesthetics. The metaphor of the step, combining a collective walk with individuals stepping aside, draws a parallel between musical genres and eras, from Shubert’s lieders to the ballads of American bluesmen. Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker gave musician Meskerem Mees the task of pulling these musical fragments into our time. Mees’ voice ties distinct morsels of heritage together with threads of covers and variations, linking a sentimental Wanderer to Afro-American roots.

Created in May 2023
Production Rosas
Coproduction Concertgebouw (Bruges), De Munt / La Monnaie (Brussels), Dance Reflections by Van Cleef & Arpels, Théâtre de la Ville (Paris) Co-hosting Opéra de Lyon – Lyon Dance Biennial

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