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Rosas away from Brussels? The political game has begun.

Choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker sends out an alarming press release. Following the decision by Brussels theatre De Munt/La Monnaie to stop programming dance, she wonders whether Rosas is still welcome in Brussels.

"The news that the management of De Munt is scrapping all dance fills me with disbelief. Historically, dance has been part of De Munt's remit. After the glory days of the Béjart/Huisman duo, the budget for dance was systematically cut. First under the directorship of Gerard Mortier and then under Bernard Foccroulle, De Munt invested less and less in dance. Peter De Caluwe is now scrapping everything. This evolution contrasts sharply with the importance of Brussels as the international capital of dance."

De Caluwe, of course, has a reason for his decision. In order to cope with a €1.4 million subsidy cut, De Munt has decided to "shelve" two specialities, namely dance and baroque opera, as The Standard calling it.

Rosas, De Keersmaeker's dance company, which has performed its shows at La Monnaie for 30 years, fears the decision will mean it will have "no (t)home" in Brussels in the future. Rhetorically, De Keersmaeker wonders: "Is the message that I have to look for another place/city?"

See in full press release.

Pictured above, choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker with Brian Eno, whose song Golden Hours from the 1975 LP Another Green World is the inspiration for Rosas' next piece. Golden Hours will premiere 23 January at Kaaitheater, Rosas' other regular partner in Brussels. Rosas reveals that larger productions with live music in particular will find it difficult to get off the ground without support from La Monnaie.

 

 

 

Fransien van der Putt

Fransien van der Putt is a dramaturge and critic. She works with Lana Coporda, Vera Sofia Mota, Roberto de Jonge, João Dinis Pinho & Julia Barrios de la Mora and Branka Zgonjanin, among others. She writes about dance and theatre for Cultural Press Agency, Theatererkrant and Dansmagazine. Between 1989 and 2001, she mixed text as sound at Radio 100. Between 2011 and 2015, she developed a minor for the BA Dance, Artez, Arnhem - on artistic processes and own research in dance. Within her work, she pays special attention to the significance of archives, notation, discourse and theatre history in relation to dance in the Netherlands. Together with Vera Sofia Mota, she researches the work of video, installation and peformance artist Nan Hoover on behalf of www.li-ma.nl.View Author posts

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