By Tom Service for The Guardian
Counter Phrases is a unique collaboration between the choreography of Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker, the film of Thierry de May and the music of 10 composers, ranging from Steve Reich to Magnus Lindberg.
Performed by the Ictus Ensemble, the music accompanies the visuals on three enormous screens. Inverting the usual relationship between music and dance, the 10 pieces were written in response to the completed visuals, and the result is a complex competition between the different media: at times, the music seems to impose itself upon the dance, at others, the visuals dominate. click for more
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By Geoff Brown for The Times
REMEMBER The Running Jumping and Standing Still Film? The questing Belgian choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker does not seem the type to have drunk deep from Dick Lester’s Goon-esque movie of 1959. But we had the essential ingredients: the running, the jumping, plus jerking the arms, hopping down steps, wriggling the hips. Some light relief, then, for these tortured times? Not a bit. We were watching a serious work, with dance, film and music brought together in a blast of pretentious hot air.
The dancers were from the Rosas company, but they were not flesh and blood: they existed only on three film screens, performing ten routines plus a few linking twiddles against garden landscapes and glass-cum-concrete towers. click for more