In his latest production, TRACES, Wim Vandekeybus follows the traces he has left. He looks back on the intuitions that started his search.
In Vandekeybus’s most recent productions, fables were central. In TRACES, he returns to the body, the instinctive reaction, the now, and the immediate energy found in his first performances. He does so with attention to the modern, complex, chaotic and contingent reality of the body. The result is a rediscovery of a simultaneously powerful and vulnerable vitality in a world of technological and ecological menace. How much nature still lives in humanity? How much animal? TRACES is not about the outside world, about the culture that man has constructed. It is a search for the traces of nature forgotten by the body.
In Romania’s overwhelming natural landscape, which includes Europe’s last primaeval forests, Vandekeybus searches for traces older than man and his memory. It is the inner story that unfolds beyond language, and that can only be told in the pulses of dance and music.
Eleven dancers and five musicians perform TRACES. The music is written and performed live by Marc Ribot and Trixie Whitley.
DIRECTION & CHOREOGRAPHY Wim Vandekeybus CREATED WITH & PERFORMED BY Alexandros Anastasiadis, Borna Babić, Maureen Bator, Davide Belotti, Pieter Desmet, Maria Kolegova, Kit King, Anna Karenina Lambrechts, Magdalena Oettl en Mufutau Yusuf LIVE MUSIC BY Marc Ribot, Trixie Whitley, Shahzad Ismaily, Ben Perowsky en Daniel Mintseris MOVEMENT ASSISTANT German Jauregui, Flavio D’Andrea en Iñaki Azpillaga STORYLINE Wim Vandekeybus DRAMATURGY Erwin Jans COSTUME DESIGN Isabelle Lhoas ASSISTED BY Isabelle De Cannière SCENOGRAPHY Wim Vandekeybus & Tom de With STAGE MANAGEMENT Tom de With SOUND ENGINEER Bram Moriau LIGHT DESIGN Wim Vandekeybus & Francis Gahide LIGHT ON TOUR Helmut Van den Meersschaut BEAR COSTUME DESIGN Jan Maillard SCENE PAINTINGS Patrick [Bob] Vantricht PRODUCTION Ultima Vez COPRODUCTION Europalia Romania, Concertgebouw Brugge, KVS Brussel & La Rose des Vents Villeneuve d'Ascq WITH THE SUPPORT OF Tax Shelter measure of the Belgian Federal Government, Casa Kafka Pictures Tax Shelter empowered by Belfius. Ultima Vez is supported by the Flemish Authorities & the Flemish Community Commission of the Brussels Capital Region