Drumming (1998) is one of Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s most iconic choreographies, written to the eponymous, minimalistic percussion score by Steve Reich. The music starts with a single rhythmic motif, which subsequently multiplies and unfolds into a rich cornucopia of textures including drums, woodwinds, brass and voice. Reich here ramps up the technique already used in his earlier composition Piano Phase: through minor tempo accelerations the musicians almost imperceptibly push their unison out of joint, resulting in a never-ending volley of canons. In the dance, the choreographic complexity was devised in a similar fashion: a single movement phrase serves as the foundation for an infinite number of variations across time and space. When the music stops and the bodies come to a halt, the audience realizes what they have witnessed: a wave of pure dance and pure sound, a vortex of vital energy.
'In the 2nd year, all the students worked on a recreation of fragments of Drumming, in 4 groups. For the Exiiit festival, they regrouped in 2 casts and made a new construction.'
Choreographer: Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker
Taught by: Clinton Stringer & Sue-Yeon Youn
Music: Steve Reich
Cast A: Ariadna Navarrete Valverde, Eleni Roberts, Urtė Groblytė, Zoé Lakhnati, Marlla Araújo, Daniel Cantero, Antoine Dupuy, Helen D'Haenens, Marita Sinikka Schwanke
Cast B: Charlotte Cétaire, Luyd De Souza Carvalho, Abigail Aleksander, Laetitia Dupertuis, Elsa Tagawa, Selby Jenkins, Adem Ouhaibia, Macarena Bielski López, Nina Godderis, Lobke Leemans
“Drumming (fragments)” is part of Saturday 2nd July Program C