With Drumming (1998), Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker returned, after an impressive artistic journey of almost twenty years, to two of her great loves as a choreographer: pure dance and the minimalistic music of Steve Reich. The result was an iconic creation to Reich’s pulsating score that pushed to the extreme everything that had come to define De Keersmaeker’s oeuvre: the mathematical figures, the sustained repetitions, the geometric occupation of space, the art of continuous variation. Drumming unifies a refined structure with virtuosity and the sheer joy of dancing. De Keersmaeker’s idiom of energetic movements, Dries Van Noten’s costumes, and Jan Versweyveld’s scenography all contribute to the strength of the visual composition.
Since its premiere, Drumming has been performed on stages around the world, always followed closely by photographers Herman Sorgeloos and Anne Van Aerschot. Their elaborate archives offer exceptional insight into the unique aesthetics of this piece.
This volume brings their photos together with texts by Noé Soulier, Tessa Hall and Julia Rubies Subiros, and an interview with Anne Teresa
De Keersmaeker by Gilles Amalvi.