The work is here performed by the Paris Opera Ballet. The dancers are wonderful. The look of the piece is wonderful. On the whole the direction of the piece for filming is excellent, although I would have preferred fewer cuts to the musicians.
My first thought, it reminded me of “Dances at a Gathering” by Jerome Robbins, one of the great dance pieces of all time. Of course one big difference is that his is to Chopin, and the individual dance segments within have their own beginnings, middles, and ends while remaining part of a whole. Keersmaeker’s is more of a 3-ring circus, everything going all the time. And it is thrilling.
I also thought of “Glass Pieces” by Robbins to music by (you guessed it) Philip Glass. He’s another modern composer whom I have grown to love. That work is in 3 distinct movements, each one with its own flavor, somehow much more somber in mood than Keersmaeker’s.
And of course, the collected works of choreographer Paul Taylor came to mind. Suggested by both Keersmaeker’s approach, the mood, and the movement.
Here’s a brief snippet:
And a bit of “Dances at a Gathering”
And another bit:
A hint: keep on following this link and you can see pretty much the entire ballet, and I wonder if the final movement will bring tears to your eyes as it always does to mine.
And now for some Paul Taylor:
And another little bonbon:
Ah, I know now that I’ve got this taste back in my mind I’ll be spending too much time on YouTube! If only I could get it to my TV . . . I'd probably never get up out of that chair!
But to wander back to where I started, Rain” has certainly whetted my appetite for more of Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker. Now if someone would only film one of her latest, to Bach’s Brandenburg . . .