Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker receives a Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the Venice Biennale!
On 30 March 2015 the Venice Biennale announced that choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker would be awarded the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement in Dance (Leone d’oro alla carriera per la Danza). The formal presentation of this distinction will take place in Venice on Saturday, 27 June 2015. The presentation ceremony will be followed by a performance of Fase, four movements to the music of Steve Reich, her very first choreography (1982) and danced by De Keersmaeker herself.
The press release announcing the honour lauds De Keersmaeker’s ability to combine formal rigour and pathos. Director Virgilio Sieni praises her as the representative of the “link between creation and the transmission process”. Earlier, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker performed Rain (2001), her choreography to Music for 18 Musicians by Steve Reich, at the Biennale.
Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker shares this honour with the Franco-Greek composer Georges Aperghis, who will receives a Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement in Music and the Swiss theatre director, Christoph Marthaler, who is honoured in the Theatre category.
In the past the acknowledgment for Lifetime Achievement for Dance has been awarded to Merce Cunningham (1995), Carolyn Carlson (2006), Pina Bausch (2007), Jirí Kylián (2008), William Forsythe (2010), Sylvie Guillem (2012), and Steve Paxton (2014).