Achterland

Achterland is the film adaptation of a stage production of the same name from 1990. The film was shot on the set of the stage production in the Rosas rehearsal studio. Achterland is a seminal choreography in Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s oeuvre. In this performance, for the first time, the choreographer gave the musicians a central position on stage and let them play an active role in the overall dynamic – an approach she would repeat in many subsequent projects. The unusual combination of György Ligeti’s and Eugène Ysaÿe’s music inspired De Keersmaeker and her dancers to create an original dance score with a delicate balance between energetic virtuosity and deceleration.

“De Keersmaeker makes her choreography more profound with pure cinematography, through the fight between light and shadow, the urgent camerawork, juxtaposed tight travellings and ultrashort movements. The precise camera and the stunningly precise cutting isolate and eroticise the body parts that awaken our interest with playful fetishism. Achterland is not only a great dance film, but it also has such a degree of cinematography that it puts most ‘real’ films in the shadow. In the difficult genre of film choreography, it immediately puts itself in the top rank, in the company of illustrious classics such as The Red Shoes by Michael Powell and the exuberant ballet as the finale of An American in Paris.”

International Film Festival Rotterdam

Price
Prijs
Prix
€ 3,50
Language
Taal
Langue
Without dialogue
Duration
Duur
Longueur
84'
Aspect Ratio
Beeldverhouding
Format d'image
1.66
A Film by
Een film van
Un film de
In collaboration with
In samenwerking met
En collaboration avec
Herman Van Eyken
With
Met
Avec
Nordine Benchorf, Bruce Campbell, Vincent Dunoyer, Fumiyo Ikeda, Marion Levy, Cynthia Loemij, Nathalie Million, Johanne Saunier
Image
Beeld
Image
Chris Renson, Renaat Lambeets
Sound
Geluid
Son
Dirk Bombey
Décor
Decor
Décor
Herman Sorgeloos
Costumes
Kostuum
Costumes
Ann Weckx
Editing
Montage
Montage
Ludo Troch
Music
Muziek
Musique
Irvine Arditti, Rolf Hind
Production
Productie
Production
Avila, Alice in Wonderland
Co-production
Coproductie
Coproduction
Rosas, BRTN, NOS
With the Support of
Met de steun van
Avec le soutien de
Ministerie van de Vlaamse Gemeenschap, Actieplan 16:9 van de Europese Unie
In association with
In samenwerking met
En association avec
Amaya, ZDF / arte, SVT1, La Monnaie / De Munt