Rosas danst Rosas. Panel: Thursdays at Four, Oct 16, 2014
Rosas danst Rosas: A Panel Discussion of Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker’s Dance-Theater Work
October 16, 2014, at 4:00pm
Crosby Seminar Room, 240 Northrop
Philip Bither of the Walker Art Center discusses the Midwest Premiere of Rosas danst Rosas with the performers.
Join Philip Bither, Walker Art Center’s Senior Curator of Performing Arts, and performers from internationally renowned dance-theater artist Anne Theresa de Keersmaeker’s production of her work Rosas, being mounted at the Walker in collaboration with Northrop Presents for the very first time in the Midwest 31 years after its groundbreaking European debut. Now widely-viewed as a seminal work of art for its rhythmic complexity, stylized minimalism, nuanced feminism, and choreographic rigor, the piece has had an impact on several generations of dance creators on both sides of the Atlantic. The work’s influence has extended beyond dance circles into theater, design, music, and seeped into popular culture—one well-known example being the video for Beyonce’s hit “Countdown”, which drew directly from the costuming, set, and choreography of the original Rosas.
Philip Bither has been Walker Art Center’s Senior Curator of Performing Arts since April 1997, overseeing one of the country’s leading contemporary performing arts programs. He has overseen significant expansion of the Performing Arts program, including the building of the McGuire Theater, an acclaimed new theatrical space within the Walker expansion (2005), the raising of the program’s first commissioning and programming endowment, the commissioning of more than 100 new works in dance, music and performance, and the annual presentation/residency support of dozens of contemporary performing arts creators, established and emerging. Prior to this, he served as Director of Programming/Artistic Director for the Flynn Center, later becoming Associate Director/Music Curator at Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM). He received the Fan Taylor Distinguished Service Award in 2009. He sits on numerous federal, state, local, and national foundation arts panels and he speaks and writes about the contemporary performing arts nationally.
This discussion is presented in collaboration with Northrop Presents.