Anneleen Keppens - Body Dialogues

Within the framework of Body Dialogues Anneleen Keppens initiates conversations with different artists about specific aspects of the body and dance. The invited artists are not necessarily performers or choreographers, but the body or movement forms an intrinsic part of their work. Body Dialogues creates a space for active contemplation and cultivates communication with and about the body. Favouring an in-depth approach, the dialogues are spread over several months. Gradually the practice opens to different kinds of audiences, in order to involve more people in experiencing and thinking about the body and dance.

In Body Dialogue I, Anneleen converses with writer Elke de Rijcke about hands, a body part with which we feel and make the world, both covered in dirt and in direct communication with the sacred. The hands of the writer weave letters together through paper and air, those of the dancer weave movements through space and air, both generating a unique form of communication.

Anneleen Keppens studied at the Royal Ballet School of Antwerp and at PARTS in Brussels. She works as a choreographer, dancer, artistic collaborator and teacher in Belgium and abroad.

In 2016 Anneleen started her research project Transparency in Abstract Dance. In 2017 she created the trio The moon is the moon is the moon, and in 2019 the solo performance Movement Essays. From 2020 to 2023 she is developing a practice called Body Dialogues in which she has conversations with and about the body with artists from different fields.

Anneleen works with choreographer Daniel Linehan/Hiatus since 2012. She danced in his productions Gaze is a Gap is a Ghost, The Sun Came, The Karaoke Dialogues, dbddbb, Flood, Un sacre du printemps and sspeciess. She is currently part of his next creation Listen Here.

In 2014 Anneleen danced in Rétrospective by Xavier Le Roy at Centre Pompidou in Paris. From 2014 to 2016 she danced in Drumming, the repertoire piece by Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker (Rosas).

Anneleen is an often invited outside-eye for other choreographers’ work and she is the choreographic assistant of Alexander Vantournhout. She is a certified Somatic Movement Educator and has experience in teaching improvisation and composition classes at PARTS SummerSchool and Charleroi Danse amongst others.