20 years of giving a voice to dancers: The Sum of P.A.R.T.S. — De Keersmaeker (and Charges) Storm the Bastllle

By Paul Ben-Itzak
Copyright 2001, 2018 Paul Ben-Itzak

PARIS — Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, paired with former Ballet Frankfurt principal Elizabeth Corbett, was the star attraction at the Theatre de la Bastille last night for the opening of P.A.R.T.S. a Paris, a five-week, 15-program extravaganza of the best that the dancers and choreographers of De Keersmaeker’s Brussels-based Performing Arts Research Laboratories and Training Studios have to offer.

As dancers go, you can’t get much better then the tyro also known as De Keersmaeker, whirling and twirling her way across and around a stage, the question not being will she catch the light but will the light catch her. But the ‘kids’ (most are about 20) were pretty all right too, a vivid manifestation of what can happen when young people are actually given serious and prolonged study in composition….

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