Tate Modern Exhibition

Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker Work/ Travail/ Arbeid

Anne Van Aerschot dancing in an empty room

Work/Travail/Arbeid May 2015 © Anne Van Aerschot

Discover the new work of this seminal choreographer over a three day exhibition 

What would it mean for choreography to perform as an exhibition? This question forms the starting point for Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s latest ground-breaking work Work/Travail/Arbeid.

De Keersmaeker first performed at Tate Modern during the opening of the Tanks in 2012. For this new work, she has transferred her dance performance Vortex Temporum 2013, choreographed to music by composer Gérard Grisey, from the theatre stage to the more open setting of a museum. The exhibition was originally presented at WEILS Centre for Contemporary Art, Brussels, and its intricate intertwining of sound and movement has been reimagined for the unique space of Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall. The work questions the convention that choreography can only be presented on stage and celebrates dance as a rigorous, structured medium.

Performance times

8 July

17.30–21.30 Turbine Hall East End

9 July

11.00–22.00 Turbine Hall East End

10 July

10.00–17.00 Turbine Hall East End

Performances will run more or less continuously throughout  these times. Audience members are welcome to sit in and around the dancers on the dance floor.

FREE, no tickets needed

In conjunction with the performance, De Keersmaeker has created a newly designed workshop held in the Turbine Hall. Participants are invited to access the dance material fromWork/Travail/Arbeid using a simple phrase taught by dancers in De Keersmaeker’s company Rosas. The workshop lasts one hour and is open to anyone aged six and over. 

Workshop times

8 July 2016

18.00 and 20.00

9 July 2016

11.00, 13.00, 15.00, 17.00 and 19.00

10 July 2016

11.00, 13.00 and 15.00

Free, booking required. All spaces available in advance are now fully booked. A small number of spaces will be available on the day for each workshop on a first come, first served basis. 

Exhibition credits: Work/Travail/Arbeid

The exhibition is performed by Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s dance company Rosas and the musicians of Ictus, ensemble for contemporary music.

Music: Vortex Temporum, Gérard Grisey (1996)

Musicians: Ictus

Music director: Georges-Elie Octors

Piano: Jean-Luc Plouvier

Flute: Chryssi Dimitriou

Clarinet: Dirk Descheemaeker

Violin: Igor Semenoff

Viola: Jeroen Robbrecht

Cello: Geert De Bièvre

Initiating Curator: Elena Filipovic 

Artistic Consultant: Ann Veronica Janssens

Dramaturgy: Bojana Cvejić

Artistic assistant: Femke Gyselinck

Costumes: Anne-Catherine Kunz

Artistic Coordination & Planning: Anne Van Aerschot

Technical Direction: Joris Erven

Sound: Alexandre Fostier

Costume Coordination: Heide Vanderieck

Technicians: Wannes De Rydt

Curated by Catherine Wood, Senior Curator, International Art (Performance), Tate with Isabella Maidment, Assistant Curator, Performance, Tate. Produced by Judith Bowdler, Production Co-ordinator, Live Performance and Film, Tate.

A choreographic exhibition in coproduction with Rosas, Ictus, WIELS, with support of the BNP Paribas Foundation. Work/Travail/Arbeid was initiated by WIELS Contemporary Art Centre and Rosas and has been made possible with the support of De Munt/La Monnaie, BOZAR - Centre for Fine Arts, Kaaitheater, Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Ictus, BNP Paribas Fortis, BNP Paribas Foundation, WIELS Patrons and Rolex Institute. 

Rosas is International Associate Company of Sadler’s Wells and is supported by the Flemish Community.

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8 July 2016 at 18.30–22.30

9 July 2016 at 12.00–23.00

10 July 2016 at 11.00–18.00