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We Dance Ourselves! Re:Rosas! Participatory Dance Workshops #3

17:30 on 10 February 2017
Cooper Gallery, DJCAD, 13 Perth Road, DD1 4HT

WORKSHOP #3: Friday 10 February, 5:30-7:00pm
Led by professional dancer Melanie Forbes Broomes
Cooper Gallery DJCAD

Inspired by the seminal dance piece Rosas danst Rosas by internationally celebrated Belgian choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, Cooper Gallery DJCAD is excited to present a series of participatory workshops We Dance Ourselves! as part of Cooper Gallery’s major project Of Other Spaces: Where Does Gesture Become Event?.

From November 2016 – March 2017, we invite you to join us at a series of public participatory workshops led by professional dancers to learn and perform a section of De Keersmaeker’s astounding dance work Rosas danst Rosas.

In 2013 De Keersmaeker initiated the Re:Rosas! project that has opened up Rosas danst Rosas to the public to be performed freely and uploaded via video to the Re:Rosas! project website, where step by step video tutorials for the famous ‘chair movement’ can also be found:

Rosas danst Rosas was first performed in 1983 by De Keersmaeker with her contemporaries Fumiyo Ikeda, Michèle Anne De Mey and Adriana Borriello. The fierceness of the movements in the performance is countered by small everyday gestures and the performance is unequivocally feminine: four female dancers dance themselves, again and again. A benchmark in the history of postmodern dance, the piece has been considered as a statement of a woman’s power and a feminine stance on sexual expression. Since then, the dance has become legendary and has been staged across the world.

The participatory workshops are filmed and uploaded to Youtube and the Re:Rosas! Website.

If you would like to participate in the project as either an individual or a group, please email your details to [email protected] and we will send you information regarding the dates, locations and times of the workshops. All the workshops are free and open to everyone, novice, an amateur or a professional, whatever your age or level of experience.

There was a performance of Rosas Danst Rosas by Scotland-based dancers Madira Gregurek, Corinne Jola, Kaja Jurkowska, Tom Wohlfaht at Cooper Gallery’s International Symposium: 12-Hour Action Group on Sat 3 Dec 2016.



Rosas danst Rosas, a film by Thierry De Mey & Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker (c) Thierry De Mey

Rosas danst Rosas, a film by Thierry De Mey & Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker (c) Thierry De Mey