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Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker/ROSAS

'Rain'

by Jenai Cutcher

November 15, 2003 -- Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York

Ropes hanging from a hoop overhead encircle the stage.
The musicians of Ictus file on, with singers of Synergy Vocals behind them.
The dancers follow, enter the circle and begin to run.

Seven women and three men directed by Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker, eleven chords composed for eighteen musicians by Steve Reich, a packed audience in the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House, and it begins to "Rain." 

The pink washes of Jan Versweyveld’s lighting shimmer inside his ropes.
The soft satin blushes, silvers, and whites of Dries Van Noten’s costumes ripple with the rippling movement. When pinks become fuchsias, the lines and movements sharpen slightly.

Everything glows a white gold at the end.

They run and walk, they line up and pass through.

Someone gets left behind; someone else gets swept away with the tide.

A dancer’s sustained lunge to one side foreshadows the moment when two more will join her, and they all move on, only to be replaced in space by three others.

Shapes, ideas, and motifs materialize and dissolve.

Everyone sees each other
greets each other
when they pass each other
or stand together on the periphery
watching the others.

They are a hopeful community, at once common and other-worldly, content with fleeting moments of connection, giving into spontaneous self-expression, asserting their identity while embracing their responsibilities to the whole.

As refreshing, pure, adaptable, and necessary as water, “Rain” washes over you
and evaporates.

Edited by Lori Ibay

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