Twenty years after the première of What the Body Does Not Remember - and almost as many creations with changing international casts later - Wim Vandekeybus composed an evening with some remarkable scenes from his work.
With his dancers Wim Vandekeybus looks in the mirror. They let themselves be re-inspired and reworked the movement material of his early works as well as more recent productions. No simple collage, but a journey in search of the essence of his movement idiom. A retrospective of the energy and emotions at the base of his creations.
Source: Ultima Vez
More information: www.ultimavez.com
Wim Vandekeybus was born in Herenthout (Belgium) on 30 June 1963. His father was a vet. After finishing secondary school, he moved to Leuven to study Psychology. In 1985, however, he decided to follow a completely different path and auditioned for Jan Fabre, who gave him a part in The Power of Theatrical Madness. One year later, he founded Ultima Vez.
His first show, "What the Body Does Not Remember", was an international success. And now after almost 30 years and a whole series of films and videos, Wim Vandekeybus is still searching for novelty and innovation. “For me, the form has to be different every time,” he explains. “This is why on one occasion I might create an extremely musical show (nieuwZwart or Speak low if you speak love…), then for my next project base a film on the experiences of one man (Monkey Sandwich), why I then might switch to a classical mythology play (Oedipus/bêt noir) or even an analytical piece in which theatricality plays a major part (booty Looting or Talk to the Demon).”
In all these very different productions, Ultima Vez nevertheless remains true to its own movement idiom. Tension, conflict, body versus mind, risks and impulses. Physicality, passion, intuition, instinct. These are essential elements that will always be part of Vandekeybus’ work. But on each occasion they are given a completely different appearance.
This variety is made possible partly through collaboration with dancers, circus performers, actors, musicians and other artists from a whole range of disciplines. Music and sound have naturally become the common thread running through his work.
2015 sees the screening of "Galloping Mind", Vandekeybus’ first full-length film. It was shot in Hungary and on the Black Sea in Romania and tells a dramatic story of family ties, betrayal and triangular relationships, with Jerry Killick, Natali Broods and a gang of children on horseback in the leading parts.
Source : The company Ultima Vez 's website
Author, filmmaker and video artist Charles Picq (1952-2012) entered working life in the 70s through theatre and photography. A- fter resuming his studies (Maîtrise de Linguistique - Lyon ii, Maîtrise des sciences et Techniques de la Communication - grenoble iii), he then focused on video, first in the field of fine arts at the espace Lyonnais d'art Contemporain (ELAC) and with the group « Frigo », and then in dance.
On creation of the Maison de la Danse in Lyon in 1980, he was asked to undertake a video documentation project that he has continued ever since. During the ‘80s, a decade marked in France by the explosion of contemporary dance and the development of video, he met numerous artists such as andy Degroat, Dominique Bagouet, Carolyn Carlson, régine Chopinot, susanne Linke, Joëlle Bouvier and regis Obadia, Michel Kelemenis. He worked in the creative field with installations and on-stage video, as well as in television with recorded shows, entertainment and documentaries.
His work with Dominique Bagouet (80-90) was a unique encounter. He documents his creativity, assisting with Le Crawl de Lucien and co-directing with his films Tant Mieux, Tant Mieux and 10 anges. in the 90s he became director of video development for the Maison de la Danse and worked, with the support of guy Darmet and his team, in the growing space of theatre video through several initiatives:
- He founded a video library of dance films with free public access. This was a first for France. Continuing the video documentation of theatre performances, he organised their management and storage.
- He promoted the creation of a video-bar and projection room, both dedicated to welcoming school pupils.
- He started «présentations de saisons» in pictures.
- He oversaw the DVD publication of Le tour du monde en 80 danses, a pocket video library produced by the Maison de la Danse for the educational sector.
- He launched the series “scènes d'écran” for television and online. He undertook the video library's digital conversion and created Numeridanse.
His main documentaries are: enchaînement, Planète Bagouet, Montpellier le saut de l'ange, Carolyn Carlson, a woman of many faces, grand ecart, Mama africa, C'est pas facile, Lyon, le pas de deux d'une ville, Le Défilé, Un rêve de cirque.
He has also produced theatre films: Song, Vu d'ici (Carolyn Carlson), Tant Mieux, Tant Mieux, 10 anges, Necesito and So schnell, (Dominique Bagouet), Im bade wannen, Flut and Wandelung (Susanne Linke), Le Cabaret Latin (Karine Saporta), La danse du temps (Régine Chopinot), Nuit Blanche (Abou Lagraa), Le Témoin (Claude Brumachon), Corps est graphique (Käfig), Seule et WMD (Françoise et Dominique Dupuy), La Veillée des abysses (James Thiérrée), Agwa (Mourad Merzouki), Fuenteovejuna (Antonio Gades), Blue Lady revistied (Carolyn Carlson).
Source: Maison de la Danse de Lyon
Artistic direction : Wim Vandekeybus
Ultima Vez was founded in 1986 as the company and organisation of choreographer, director and filmmaker Wim Vandekeybus. Since its foundation, Ultima Vez has intensively developed its activities as an international contemporary dance company with a strong base in Brussels and Flanders.
Currently the activities of Ultima Vez are focussed around:
- the creation, production, distribution and promotion of the artistic work of Wim Vandekeybus
- the organisation of educational activities for various target groups
- the support and counselling of choreographers through the European Network Life Long Burning
Source : the company Ultima Vez 's website
More information : ultimavez.com
Artistic direction / Conception :
Choreography : Wim Vandekeybus
Choreography assistance : Iñaki Azpillaga
Interpretation : Laura Arís Alvarez, Konstantina Efthimiadou, Elena Fokina, Robert M. Hayden, Jorge Jauregui Allue, Ulrike Reinbott, Manuel Ronda, Giovanni Scarcella, Helder Seabra
Artistic consultancy / Dramaturgy : Greet Van Poeck
Stage direction : Wim Vandekeybus
Set design : Wim Vandekeybus, Isabelle Lhoas, Daniel Huard, Daniel Huard, Jef Dubois, Atelier KVS, Britt Angé, Heidi Ehrhart, Raphaël Gheerardyn
Original music : Arno & Ad Cominotto, David Byrne, Thierry De Mey, Pierre Mertens, Marc Ribot, Peter Vermeersch
Lights : Wim Vandekeybus, Francis Gahide, Ralf Nonn
Costumes : Isabelle Lhoas, Frédéric Denis, Stéphanie Croibien, Heidi Ehrhart
Settings : Johan Daenen
Technical direction : Ralf Nonn
Sound : Benjamin Dandoy, Ralf Nonn
Production / Coproduction of the choreographic work : Ultima Vez, coproduction KVS-Bruxelles, Pact Zollverein/ Choreographisches Zentrum NRW-Essen, Théâtre de la Ville-Paris
Production / Coproduction of the video work : Maison de la Danse de Lyon - Charles Picq, 2008