Répétitions

1985, 45 min, b&w and color, sound

André's fascination with the eloquence and significance of everyday gestures, particularly those of women, finds its perfect correlative in the postmodern choreography of Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker. Over a period of six months, André recorded De Keersmaeker's dance group, Rosas, as members rehearsed and developed the piece "Elena's Aria," in which ordinary movements are isolated and transformed. In Répétitions, André's rhythmically composed interpretation, she observes the intensity and concentration of the female dancers as they repeat a series of precise, gestural movements taken from everyday life: brushing their hair back; crossing their legs; sitting down. Repetition and rehearsal are both the theme and structure of this elegant work, as André documents the progression of the rehearsals and celebrates the process, rather than the final production, of the dance.

Director: Marie André. Choreography: Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker. Editor: Marie André. Camera: Yves Cremer, Luc Beriot. Sound/Mixing: Paul Delnoy. Dancers: Fumiyo Ikeda, Michele-Anne De Mey, Nadine Ganase, Roxane Huilmand, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker. Produced by Image Vidéo, Centre Bruxellois de l'Audiovisuel, Schaamte, Polygone.

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