September 5, 2020 18:30
The solo Violin Phase is the third of the four movements of Fase, Four Movements to the Music of Steve Reich, choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s very first performance, premiered in 1982.
Fase comprises three duets and one solo, choreographed to four repetitive compositions by the American minimalist Steve Reich.
De Keersmaeker uses the structure of Reich’s music to develop an independent movement idiom that doesn’t merely illustrate the music but also adds a new dimension to it.
Both the music and the dance start from the principle of phase shifting through tiny variations: movements that are initially perfectly synchronous gradually start slipping and sliding, resulting in an ingenious play of continuously changing forms and patterns.
The dancer (in Florence Yuika Hashimoto / Soa Ratsifandrihana) moves in circular patterns with strict repetitions of a single turning, twisting phrase that brilliantly plays off the music’s formalism and drama.