What the Body Does Not Remember

3.6.2014. / 19:30 / MSU
4.6.2014. / 18:00 / MSU


Ultima Vez (BE)

Originally created in 1987. Revival 2013 -2014.
Tough, brutal, playful, ironic and terrific.Adjectives seem unduly passive in describing ‘What the Body Does Not Remember’, an extraordinarily innovative dance piece...
Anna Kisselgof, New York Times, November 22nd, 1987

The amazing debut of Wim Vandekeybus and Ultima Vez in 1987 stunned the world of dance of the time. In New York Vandekeybus and composers Thierry de Mey and Peter Vermeersch received the prestigious Bessie Award for this ‘brutal confrontation of dance and music: the dangerous, combative landscape of What the Body Does Not Remember.

Now, 25 years later and with a new cast, the show
will once again go on a world tour. Vandekeybus’ first choreography balances on the razor edge of attraction and repulsion. Sometimes this results in a confrontation between two dancers, then between two groups, between dancers and music, and between dancers and a compelling set of lines. But throughout there is an explosion of aggression, fear and danger. Dance history on stage and not to be missed, even today.

The intensity of moments when you don’t have a choice, when other things decide for you, like falling in love, or the second before the accident that has to happen; suddenly they appear, with no introduction, important for me because of their extremeness rather than for the significance to be given to them. The decision to use this as a basic material for a theatrical composition is at least a paradoxical challenge, considering a theatrical event as repeatable and controllable. Perhaps when all is said and done, the body doesn’t remember either and everything is a subtle illusion of lack which helps to define or exhaust the game.
Wim Vandekeybus

ORIGINAL CREDITS (1987) // DIRECTED BY: Wim Vandekeybus // PERFORMED BY: Charo Calvo, Marian Del Valle, Yves Delattre, Patrick Dieleman, // Maria Icaza, Dorothée Morel, Caroline Rottier, Simone Sandroni, Eduardo // Torroja, Wim Vandekeybus // ALSO PERFORMED BY: Nicolas Crow, Muriel Hérault // MUSIC: Thierry De Mey & Peter Vermeersch // PLAYED BY: Maximalist ! // ASSISTANT DIRECTION: Eduardo Torroja // GENERAL ASSISTANT: Octavio Iturbe // STAGE MANAGER: Pascal Joris // PRODUCTION: Ultima Vez . Louise De Neef . Nadia Cornelis // CO - PRODUCERS ORIGINAL PERFORMANCE Centro di Produzione Inteatro Polverigi, // Festival de Saint - Denis, Fe stival d’Eté de Seine- Maritime, Toneelschuur // Produkties Haarlem // THANKS TO: Louise De Neef , Benjamin Dandoy // With the support of. Vlaams Theater Circuit