5 April 2008,
4 April 2008,



Theatre Hall

Ticket price

2200 Ft / Student: 1700 Ft (Trafó Season Ticket is valid!)

Wim Vandekeybus - Ultima Vez: Spiegel (Mirror)

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4 - 5 APR 2008.

On Friday (4th of April) we kindly invite all for a post-show talk. Katalin Lőrinc, dancer, dance critic, in conversation with the dancers of Ultima Vez. Join us for a ’peek behind the scenes’!

The renowned Belgian choreographer looks into the mirror – twenty years of Vandekeybus!

Extract of the piece:


One of the most unnerving images Vandekeybus ever created opens the show. A group of dancers lying on the floor are forced into flinching self-defence by others trampling a violent war dance around their limbs. Bodies are working at maximum speed, in direct opposition to other bodies, in perfect timing. The violence and danger are palpable.

Twenty years ago -after founding his company Ultima Vez - with the premiere of What the Body Does Not Remember, Wim Vandekeybus brought into focus a whole new genre of modern dance. Referred to as "Flemish new wave". He viewed the body as an emotional battlefield, and performance as a kind of extreme sport. He has unlocked the violence of the human spirit and body for European dance and created a choreographic language for extreme emotions, for open and hidden conflict between men and women. Combat rolls, breakneck sprints and savagely wrestled duets became the defining vocabulary of a new generation.

Twenty years after the start of his career Wim Vandekeybus composes Spiegel, an evening with some remarkable scenes from his work. With nine dancers Wim Vandekeybus looks in the mirror. Spiegel is 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.

For an audience who has only recently discovered the work of Wim Vandekeybus and Ultima Vez, an opportunity to get to know the earlier performances; for the fans since the early days a journey through the evolution of the company.

“No one had ever done what Vandekeybus did: introducing real danger to the stage. Everyone who was there remembers the scene which has been revived in Spiegel. Dancers who race around the stage throw stones at each other. In the nick of time they always manage to avoid an accident. Yet it’s no circus. Here Vandekeybus explores a concept of dance, or movement art, that no one else has.” /De Morgen/

Direction, Choreography, Scenography & film: Wim Vandekeybus
Laura Arís, Konstantina Efthimiadou, Elena Fokina, Robert M. Hayden, Germán Jauregui Allue, Jorge Jauregui Allue, Ulrike Reinbott, Manuel Ronda, Helder Seabra
Arno & Ad Cominotto, David Byrne, Thierry De Mey, Pierre Mertens, Marc Ribot, Peter Vermeersch
Movement assistant & rehearsal director: Iñaki Azpillaga
Dramaturge & artistic assistant: Greet Van Poeck
Styling: Isabelle Lhoas, Frédérick Denis
Assistants scenography: Isabelle Lhoas, Daniel Huard
Backdrop: Johan Daenen
Light design: Wim Vandekeybus, Francis Gahide, Ralf Nonn
Sound editing: Benjamin Dandoy
Actors in film:
Iñaki Azpillaga, François Brice, Carmelo Fernandez
Production: Ultima Vez
Co-production: KVS (Brussels), PACT Zollverein/Choreographisches Zentrum NRW (Essen), Théâtre de la Ville (Paris).


Flemish Community Commission of the Brussels Capital Region

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