Ultima Vez (BE): In Spite of Wishing and Wanting

2800 Ft | Student: 2200 Ft
General Season Pass accepted
Twin Pass accepted
200% Dance Pass accepted

The rehearsal director of Ultima Vez, German Jauregui Allue, holds a 2-day workshop for professional dancers on 23-24 November, 10h-13h, at Trafó Studio. Application and further info:

In Spite of Wishing and Wanting became a global sensation after its world première in 1999. Now Vandekeybus once more takes the world by storm.
In 1999 Wim Vandekeybus already has a whole repertoire behind him. His creations are universally acclaimed for their intense physical and poetic qualities. His interests have evolved from a quest for instinctive reactions to the inner conscious (and unconscious). His views on and analysis of our man-woman relationships appear to be an endless source of inspiration.

And yet, for the production In Spite of Wishing and Wanting, Vandekeybus made a radical decision and set to work with an entirely male cast. With success. This piece was a smash all over the world.
This is because, with the minimum of theatrical resources, Vandekeybus succeeded in capturing risky topics in superb images. Familiar icons of dreams and desires are stripped of their psychoanalytical clichés and converted into the spectacular and poetic dance idiom of Ultima Vez.
The performance derives its power from the organic symbiosis between dance, theatre and film. Captivating dance sequences underpinned by the sensual soundtrack by David Byrne dissolve into monologues on fear, the desire for security and the dreadful magic of sleep. And there is also the short film entitled The Last Words, made by Vandekeybus himself and based on two stories by Julio
Cortázar. A ‘scream-seller’ sells a tyrant his last words, who thereby brings about his own downfall. The long travelling shots and intense close-ups made with the dancers from the first cast add an extra dimension precisely where the limits of the stage appear to have been reached.
In Spite of Wishing and Wanting is a milestone in Wim Vandekeybus’ oeuvre. As from January 2016,
Ultima Vez will be reviving this iconic production with a completely new cast.
“I have exceptional memories of the first tour of In Spite of Wishing and Wanting, in more than 50 towns and cities around the world. For the first time the piece was not about the chemistry between men and women, but about a sort of primal longing in a world populated only by men. Rough, wild, naïve, playful and childlike and made slightly fearful by too many dreams.” (Wim Vandekeybus)
Direction, Choreography, Scenography: Wim Vandekeybus
Original Music & Soundscape: David Byrne
"Fuzzy Freaky" Remix: DJ Food
Performed By: Eddie Oroyan, Yassin Mrabtifi, Guilhem Chatir, Grégoire Malandain, Luke Jessop, Luke Murphy, Knut Vikström Precht, Giovanni Scarcella, Nuhacet Guerra Segura, Alexandros Anastasiadis
Choreographic Assistants: Iñaki Azpillaga, German Jauregui
Artistic Assistant: Greet Van Poeck
Stylist: Isabelle Lhoas, assisted by: Isabelle De Cannière
Technical Coordination: Davy Deschepper
Light: Francis Gahide, Davy Deschepper
Sound: Bram Moriau
Stage Manager: Tom de With
Production: Ultima Vez
Coproduction: KVS (Brussels, BE)
Direction: Wim Vandekeybus
Script: Wim Vandekeybus & Jan De Coster
Based On The Short Stories By: Julio Cortázar 'Cuento sin Moraleja' & 'Acefalia'
Director Of Photography: Patrick Otten
Editing: Rudi Maerten
Sound Design: Charo Calvo
Music During Credits: David Byrne
Cast: John Campbell, Alessandra Fabbri, Max Cuccaro, Mary Herbert, Nordine Benchorf, Stefano Questorio, Ali Salmi, Benoît Gob, Igor Paszkiewiez, Germán Jauregui Allue, Juha-Pekka Marsalo, Saïd Gharbi, Giovanni Scarcella, Piotr Torzawa Giro, Gavin Webber, Charo Calvo, Angelo Dello Spedale, Toni d’Antonio, Lilia Vieira Nestre, Antonio Grossi, Max Pairon, Mathilde Pairon, Judith Vindevogel, Sandrine La Roche, François Brice, Frédéric Gibilaro, Nicola Schössler, Dominique Van Steerthegem, Carméla Locantore, Vincent Scarito, Jan De Coster, Christophe Orly, Lorenza Di Calogero, Ana Stegnar, Jean-Baptiste Lefebvre, Ezra Eeman, Ophelia Van Campenhout, Wim Vandekeybus
Costume Designer: Lies Van Assche
Décor: Christophe Olry
Production Manager: Anja Daelemans
Producer: Eric Kint
Production: Itinera Films
Coproduction: Ultima Vez
Funded By: the Flemish Film Fund

Box Office opening hours:
  • Main hall performance days: 5 pm - end of performance + 30 mins, 10 pm max.
  • studio and club performance days: 5 pm - 8:30 pm
  • other days: 5pm - 8 pm
Trafó Gallery opening hours:
  • Performance days: 4-10pm.
  • Opening hours: Tuesday - Sunday: 4pm-7pm.
  • Closed on Mondays.
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