WE ARE
BLOOD FOR ROSES

Since their graduation from the Hogeschool voor de Kunsten in Amsterdam in 2003, Anne Rooschüz (1975, DE) and Karen Røise Kielland (1975, NO) work under the name of Blood for Roses. Sometimes as performers, but mainly as authors and directors they construct performances.  

A frustration over the complex relationship between man and nature is central to most of their work. The performances are partly documentary, partly hypertheatrical, merging theatre and popular science. The strong visual character of their work is due to the mix of choreographed, (seemingly) casual and stylized appearances. Oscillating between scientific reporting and poetically distorted representations of realities, the work of Blood for Roses is sometimes funny, sometimes melodramatic.

Their work has been seen in theatres (i.e. Het Veem Theater, Black Box Teater), in galleries (i.e. De Appel Arts Centre and Henie Onstad Art Centre) and on locations (i.e. on a petrol station on a fjord (Sogn og Fjordane Teater), on a truck next to a shopping mall (Festival aan de Werf) and up in the trees (Over het IJ Festival).

The name derives from a trash metal CD that was laying on the table we we got our performance commission in 2003 – Blood no Blood, it said. We added the roses. Follow us.