New York

Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker

The Kitchen

Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker and Rosas Dance Company came to New York to present their latest work, Stella, 1990, with trunks full of vintage clothing, much of which was draped over wooden scaffolding across the back of The Kitchen’s dance floor, so that front stage looked like backstage. Before opening night, the costumes of the five dancers were stolen, and an afternoon’s shopping spree yielded replacements five black suits that were short-skirted, tight-waisted, sexy, and very New York.

This company of Europeans in Manhattan’s native dress also wore signature high heels, the kind that Barbie (and Pina Bausch dancers) rarely remove from their overarched feet. And just like Barbie (and sometimes Bausch), they repeatedly changed costumes, seeming always to ask, “How do I look?” and “What should I wear?” but never “Who am I?” The layering of clothes over porcelain skin had nothing to do with

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