On the afternoon of Friday, May 8, 2015, Her Majesty Queen Mathilde of Belgium arrived at the WIELS Contemporary Art Center in Brussels to view the new live exhibition dance piece entitled, Work/Travail/Arbeid. This unique exhibition was created by Ms. Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker in collaboration with Rosas and the WIELS Contemporary Art Center.
Per a press release via the WIELS:
“What would it mean for choreography to perform as an exhibition? This question is the point of departure for ‘Work/Travail/Arbeid’. In response, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker reimagines her piece ‘Vortex Temporum’ for the radically different temporal, spatial, and perceptual conditions of a museal space. The choreographer does not simply bring a dance performance into a new kind of space, but rethinks it as a nine weeks long exhibition, accessible to the public and continuously performed during regular opening hours.
The original length of the choreography, made for the condensed time and space of a stage performance, will thus be entirely reinvented so as to extend itself across a new time and space. The result is a project that transforms the very material and conditions that have long been essential to dance, and in particular the rigorous structuring and choreographic écriture for which De Keersmaeker is known, into an entirely new exhibition form.”
Work/Travail/Arbeid will be open to the public until May 17, 2015.
Photos courtesy of the Belgian Royal Court