Dublin Dance Festival in partnership with the Abbey Theatre

Rosas danst Rosas

18 - 19 May 2019

Booking Information

Dates: 18 – 19 May
On the Abbey Stage

Time: 7.30pm

Tickets: €13 – €40 / Conc. €13 – €34

Running Time: 1 hour, 35 minutes

To book for a group of 6+ call (01) 87 97 212

An international breakthrough, Rosas danst Rosas became a benchmark in the history of postmodern dance and is regarded as one of the great artworks of the late 20th century.

In 1983, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker firmly put her newly-formed dance company on the map with Rosas danst Rosas.

Abstract movements form the foundation of this rigorously structured piece for four female dancers, in which repetition plays a leading role. Undeniably feminine, the ferocity of the movement is countered by small, everyday gestures: the running of a hand through hair, the sudden turn of a head, the straightening of a blouse.

The dancers openly show signs of fatigue, as they test the limits of the choreography and of their own tenacity. This interplay gives rise to a tension characteristic of De Keersmaeker’s work; where structure contrasts with emotion, aggression with tenderness, and uniformity meets individuality.

De Keersmaeker makes a welcome return to the 15th edition of Dublin Dance Festival with the revival of this seminal piece.


Produced in 1983 by Rosas & Kaaitheater. Coproduced by De Munt / La Monnaie (Bruxelles), Sadler’s Wells (London), Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg. Generous support is provided by the General Representation of the Government of Flanders in the United Kingdom and Ireland.


'Riveting and exhausting, fascinating and relentless, brilliant and tedious, it is a mesmerizing exploration in synchronicity, patterning and rhythm.'
The New York Times

'Rosas danst Rosas remains confrontational, retaining its considerable power to baffle, frustrate and intrigue.'
The Observer

'In this performance, the radical project to fuse minimalism and expressionism achieves its most articulate and empassioned embodiment.'
The Guardian



  • Performer: Laura Bachman
  • Performer: Anika Edström Kawaji
  • Performer: Laura Maria Poletti
  • Performer: Soa Ratsifandrihana
  • Choreography: Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker
  • Created by: Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker
  • Created by: Adriana Borriello
  • Created by: Michèle Anne De Mey
  • Created by: Fumiyo Ikeda
  • Music: Thierry De Mey
  • Music: Peter Vermeersch
  • Lighting Design: Remon Fromont

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