Work/Travail/Arbeid

Work/travail/Arbeid, 2015 from Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker (still)

Work/Travail/Arbeid, 2015 from Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker (still)

Performing dance as an exhibition in a museum is not a common practice. But i must say, a highly engaging experience for the viewer!
Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, the famous Belgian dancer-choreographer (°1960) was invited by WIELS (Contemporary Art Centre, Brussels) to make an exhibition as a performance and a performance as an exhibition – this resulted in Work/Travail/Arbeid. Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker re-interpreted her stage piece Vortex Temporum set to the music of Gérard Grisey, to fit the museum space and she re-casted the choreography as a 9-week long exhibition.

Work/travail/Arbeid, 2015 from Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker (still)

Work/Travail/Arbeid, 2015 from Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker (still)

Work/travail/Arbeid, 2015 from Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker (still)

Work/Travail/Arbeid, 2015 from Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker (still)

Dancers from De Keersmaeker’s dance company Rosas and musicians from the Ictus ensemble perform live in the museum spaces, over the entire opening hours of the exhibition, for nine weeks. It is a truly exceptional experience to witness the unfolding of this work. I found it totally hypnotising and before I realised I spent hours watching the dancers, the musicians and the visitors. The small kids that were present in the public were absolutely amazing to watch. I saw kids rolling on the ground, running circles, spurting through the whole performance, taking pictures of the dancers… It clearly resonated with them.

Work/travail/Arbeid, 2015 from Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker (still)

Work/Travail/Arbeid, 2015 from Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker (still)

A dancer re-draws a chalk circle of the pattern guiding the dancers

Dancers re-draw a chalk circle of the pattern guiding the dancers

The exhibition will travel to Centre Pompidou, Paris (26.02 – 06.03.2016) and Tate Modern, London (July 2016), where it will be presented in a 9-day version.

Watch more works by Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker: – Violin Phase on music by Steve Reich – Rosas Danst Rosas on music by Thierry De Mey and Peter Vermeersch – Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker talking about Fase performed in Tate Modern. Pictures in this post are taken by me.

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Die Grenzen meiner Sprache by Koen Fillet. Oil on canvas, 125 x 200 cm, 2014.

Die Grenzen meiner Sprache by Koen Fillet. Oil on canvas, 125 x 200 cm, 2014.

Summer by Koen Fillet. Acrylic on found wood, 34 x 31cm, 2014.

Summer by Koen Fillet. Acrylic on found wood, 34 x 31cm, 2014.

The power of finding your passion is currently lived by Belgian painter Koen Fillet. At age 52 and after many years of hosting radio talk shows on Belgian national radio he turned to art. Or should i say re-turned to art. At age 19 he studied art but didn’t fit in and couldn’t find the self confidence to make it happen. For 25 years he didn’t touch a brush and carried his artistic gift inside like a kindling fire. A few years ago he started taking lessons at the local art academy until the fire got too hot inside. Koen Fillet’s first solo exhibition is currently on show in gallery C41, Antwerp (Belgium).

Thirteen by Koen Fillet. Acrylic on canvas, 135×97 cm, 2014.

Thirteen by Koen Fillet. Acrylic on canvas, 135×97 cm, 2014.

De terugkijkster (Looking back) by Koen Fillet. Oil on canvas, 180 x 210 cm, 2014.

De terugkijkster (Looking back) by Koen Fillet. Oil on canvas, 180 x 210 cm, 2014.

What striked me most while looking at his work and having read a few interviews with him, is his uneasiness in sharing his new identity as an artist. Despite his ongoing search for self confidence, something inner and urgent was revealed and thanks to his courage he didn’t ignore it. His work is definitely interesting and discretely expresses his personal life view. There is an authenticity in the way he expresses himself in his art that is truly disarming and powerful. I’m looking forward to discover his painterly evolution.

Vanishing lady by Koen Fillet. Oil on canvas, 90 x 130 cm, 2014.

Vanishing lady by Koen Fillet. Oil on canvas, 90 x 130 cm, 2014.

A hell of a job by Koen Fillet. Oil on paper, 29,7 x 42 cm (thirty sheets), 2015.

A hell of a job by Koen Fillet. Oil on paper,
29,7 x 42 cm (thirty sheets),
2015.

Pictures are from Koen Fillet’s artist website.