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Opening 2023 - National Premiere

Cavea - Auditorium Parco della Musica Ennio Morricone
September 10th - 11th 2023
dance - dance - opening REF 2023

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

EXIT ABOVE – after the tempest

After the success of Drumming, international dance icon Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker returns to the REF with her company Rosas, to continue her research on the relationship between music and movement. EXIT ABOVE – after the tempest is an unprecedented journey into the roots of Western pop music that spans a multitude of sounds- from the song Walking Blues by legendary blues musician Robert Johnson, to Shubert’s Der Wanderer. This time, the dancers of the company are joined by Meskerem Mees – an emerging Flemish singer/songwriter of Ethiopian origin – who has composed a series of variations and adaptations of the “walking songs” and Jean-Marie Aerts, sound designer of TC Matic, the legendary Belgian rock band from the 1980s. EXIT ABOVE – after the tempest positions the primordial gesture of walking at the heart of this dialogue between movement and the Blues. For De Keersmaeker, the acts of wandering, of marching, of isolating oneself and of finding oneself united in a group of people in order to march together, are actions of resistance against the efficacy of today’s hyper-productivity, as well as tools capable of generating thoughts and reminiscences, of revealing how much our inner world can resemble a landscape to be traversed- possibly on foot.



Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker

Created with and Danced by
Abigail Aleksander, Jean Pierre Buré, Lav Crn?evi?, José Paulo dos Santos, Rafa Galdino, Carlos Garbin, Nina Godderis, Solal Mariotte, Meskerem Mees, Mariana Miranda, Ariadna Navarrete Valverde, Cintia Seb?k, Jacob Storer

Meskerem Mees, Jean-Marie Aerts, Carlos Garbin

Opening text
Walter Benjamin, “On the Concept of History”, These IX

Music performed by
Meskerem Mees, Carlos Garbin

Michel François

Light design
Max Adams

Costume design
Aouatif Boulaich

Text and Lyrics
Meskerem Mees, Wannes Gyselinck

Wannes Gyselinck

Rehearsal Directors
Cynthia Loemij, Clinton Stringer

Artistic Coordination and Planning
Anne Van Aerschot

Assistant to the Artistic Director
Martine Lange

Tour manager
Jolijn Talpe

Technical Director
Freek Boey

Jonathan Maes, Jan Balfoort

Antoine Delagoutte

Costume Coordinator
Alexandra Verschueren assisted by Els Van Buggenhout

Els Van Buggenhout

Chiara Mazzarolo, Martha Verleyen

Production Credits


Concertgebouw Brugge (Bruges), De Munt / La Monnaie (Brussels), Internationaal Theater Amsterdam, Le théâtre Garonne (Toulouse), GIE FONDOC OCCITANIE (Le Parvis Tarbes, Scène nationale ALBI Tarn, Le Cratère Alès, Scène nationale Grand Narbonne, Théâtre Garonne)

World Premiere
31 May 2023, Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles, Brussels
presented by Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles, De Munt/ La Monnaie, Kaaitheater and Kunstenfestivaldesarts

With the support of Dance Reflections by Van Cleef & Arpels

This production is realized 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 by the BNP Paribas Foundation.