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Ghost Trance Music / Rosas Toolbox

Rosas Toolbox meets Braxton Scores: A Laboratory with Ictus and Rosas

Fri 18 August 2023, 21.30



Music by Anthony Braxton

Kobe Van Cauwenberghe (Musical Leader)
Marie Goudot, Michaël Pomero, Sophia Dinkel, Mark Lorimer (Creative Movement Team)

Sophia Dinkel
Marie Goudot
Mark Lorimer
Michaël Pomero

Nabou Claerhout (Trombone)
Niels Van Heertum (Euphonium)
Kobe Van Cauwenberghe (Electric Guitar)
Jean-Luc Plouvier (Keyboard)

Tutors of the Darmstadt Summer Course:
Katherine Young (Bassoon)
Andreas Borregaard (Accordion)

In the project Ghost Trance Music the musicians of the Belgian Ictus Ensemble and dancers from Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s company Rosas meet in Darmstadt in an unusual experimental setting around the idea of the “toolbox”. Because both Anthony Braxton’s scores and De Keersmaeker’s way of working can be understood as a toolbox: In the case of Braxton’s Ghost Trance Music, the performers can select and overlay different sub-compositions, add improvisation and surprise each other. The music must be different every time. Ghost Trance is a unique platform for musicians to come together from a variety of backgrounds; where each individual’s input determines the course and the common experience of the performance. The traditional hierarchy between composer, score, conductor and performer is undermined. The whole group of works is inspired by indigenous ghost dance rituals, where different tribes came together to contact their ancestors in hour-long circle dances.

Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s “Rosas Toolbox,” which has been in the making since 2022, does not passively archive the company’s work, but develops a concept of creative documentation: an inventory of the choreographic dictionary developed by De Keersmaeker and Rosas, the formal tools, the recurring combinatory processes, etc. – and makes it available to everyone, so that it can be experienced in the present. Both artists do not aim to temper human energies, to rationalize our relationship to art or to create rigid categories, but on the contrary, to inspire human creativity through combinatorial strategies. Inventing provisional categories, drawing their map, giving them metaphorical or playful names, connecting them to each other, testing new operations, and finally interpreting the present in them as in a Zodiac: this is the great game shared by both artists.

Produced by Ictus and Rosas
with the support of Tax Shelter of the Belgian Federal Government

Presented with the friendly support of the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation