What is the lighting like in Rosas compared with Swansong?
In Rosas there is natural light through windows. The lighting changes as the performance goes on to show time passing.
In Swansong there is overhead lighting and a diagonal shaft of light to suggest natural light from upstage left. Footlights create shadows and it is very atmospheric
What is the accompaniment like in Swansong and Rosas?
In Swansong it is electro-acoustic with digital sounds. There is some silence which allows us to hear found sounds. It was composed in collaboration with the choreographer. Composer - Philip Chambon
In Rosas it is electronic, percussive, minimalist and some natural sounds of the dancers moving and breathing. Composer - Thierry de Mey and Peter Vermeersch
Compare the set In Rosas with Swansong.
In Rosas Danst Rosas the set is in the corridors and rooms of a large, austere, empty school in Belgium. Wooden chairs are used in some sections. It is site specific.
In Swansong the set is bare except for a chair, suggesting a cell. A door is symbolised stage right because the guards always enter, exit that way. A chair is also used as a weapon, a sheild and shackles. Props (canes and a red nose) are used to degrade the victim.