Dust

Three men enter the stage, undress and wash themselves. Not just a quick splash, they are scrubbing to the bone. A head hangs down high above them. It laughs devilishly; the rest of the body is missing. The men scrub, rub and scrape as though they want to wash out something that is a very part of them, their skin, their soul, and their madness. Suddenly, without a warning, the dirt flies off them and into the air. Just like that.

This scene was performed on stage in Mountains Made of Barking and filmed – in reverse – for use in Vandekeybus' following performance Bereft of a Blissful Union. In Mountains Made of Barking, the here and now are virtually absent. It has the temporal progress and the rhythym of a hallucination. Its logic is also hallucinatory: B does not simply come after A. Such everyday relations are torn out of context, turned upside-down, in reverse.

 

TEXTS & DIRECTION 
Wim Vandekeybus

WITH
Iñaki Azpillaga, François Brice, Wim Vandekeybus

EXECUTIVE PRODUCTION 
de Filmfabriek – Anne Quirynen

EDITING
Octavio Iturbe

DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
Philippe Guilbert

CAMERA ASSISTANT
Aliocha Van der Avoort

SOUND
Pierre Mertens

SOUND MIX
Etienne Curchod

ELECTRICIAN
Bruno Dussart, Christian Roosemont, Anne François

SPECIAL EFFECTS 
Olivier De Laveleye

COSTUMES
Isabelle Lhoas

DECOR
Ultima Vez

 

 

Distribution
Ultima Vez
contact@ultimavez.com

Technical specifications
Year of production: 1996
Duration: 3'30''