(previously Création 23)

  • Show
  • Dance

Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker , Meskerem Mees , Jean-Marie Aerts and Carlos Garbin

Belgium / Created in 2023

(Show previously named Creation 2023). When dance meets the blues! Going back to the sources of western pop music to question this original movement: to get up and walk. A real symbol!

EXIT ABOVE, after the tempest, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, Meskerem Mees, Jean-Marie Aerts, Carlos Garbin © Anne Van Aerschot


Walking songs… and entire worlds start to unfold. Walking songs… and dance meets the blues. Walking songs… and Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s steps explore the history of western pop music. Starting with African-American bluesman Robert Johnson, the choreographer, accompanied by singer-songwriter Meskerem Mees, guitarist and producer Jean-Marie Aerts, and dancer and guitarist Carlos Garbin share with us the joy and pain of a music that brings us to our feet. A new, unexpected world for the great Belgian choreographer, founder of the company Rosas and of the dance school P.A.R.T.S., invited many times to the Festival, and who this year reprises En Atendant in the Cloître des Célestins… A movement based on a simple writing which, with its dizzying originality, conquers time and space to create a walk that is the opposite of constraints and duties. Walking songs, or the union of “If you can’t say it, sing it” and “If you can’t sing it, dance it.”

Interview with Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker


Performed and created in collaboration with Abigail Aleksander, Jean-Pierre Buré, Lav Crnčević, José Paulo Dos Santos, Rafa Galdino, Nina Godderis, Solal Mariotte, Mariana Miranda, Ariadna Navarrete Valverde, Cintia Sebők, Jacob Storer
and Carlos Garbin, Meskerem Mees (music)
Choreography Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker
Music Jean-Marie Aerts, Carlos Garbin, Meskerem Mees
Text Wannes Gyselinck
Set design Michel François
Lighting Max Adams
Costumes Aouatif Boulaich
Rehearsal direction Cynthia Loemij, Clinton Stringer


Production Rosas
Coproduction Concertgebouw Brugge (Bruges), De Munt - La Monnaie (Bruxelles), Internationaal Theater Amsterdam, Théâtre Garonne Scène européenne (Toulouse), Gie Fondoc Occitanie (Le Parvis Scène nationale de Tarbes, Scène nationale ALBI Tarn, Le Cratère Scène nationale d’Alès, Scène nationale Grand Narbonne, Théâtre Garonne).
With the support of Dance Reflections by Van Cleef & Arpels
In collaboration with Casa Kafka Pictures - Belfius
This production is realised with the support of the Tax Shelter of the Belgian Federal Government, in collaboration with Casa Kafka Pictures - Belfius
Rosas is supported by the Flemish Community, the Flemish Community Commission (VGC), and the BNP Paribas Foundation.

Practical infos