7 for a Secret never to be told

World première July 23th 1997, Festival d'estiu, Grec '97, Barcelona (E)

The point of departure of this Ultima Vez production is this nearly forgotten rhyme, which superstitious people recited when seeing magpies:

 

One for Sorrow

Two for Joy

Three for a Girl

Four for a Boy

Five for Silver

Six for Gold

Seven for a Secret never to be told

 

The rhyme's seven verses determine the structure of the production. The performers move through seven parts to the music of different composers; existing scores, as well as new compositions by Arno, Charo Calvo, Pascal Comelade, Thierry De Mey, Kimmo Hakola and Pierre Vervloesem.

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THE PERFORMANCE

 

CHOREOGRAPHY & DIRECTION
Wim Vandekeybus

CREATED WITH & PERFORMED BY
Nordine Benchorf, John Campbell, Carlos de Haro Flores, Lorenza Di Calogero, Lieve Meeussen, Rasmus Olme, Orlando Ortega Gonzalez, Céline Perroud, Isabelle Schad

ALSO PERFORMED BY
Thomas Lehnhart

ASSISTANT TO THE DIRECTOR & DRAMATURGY
Georg Weinand

SCENOGRAPHY
Wim Vandekeybus

COSTUMES & BACKDROPS
Isabelle Lhoas

COSTUME ASSISTANT
Manuela Lauwers

LIGHT CREATION
Dries Vercruysse & Wim Vandekeybus

TECHNICAL DIRECTOR & LIGHT ENGINEER
Richard Joukovsky

STAGE MANAGER
Christophe Olry

SOUND ENGINEER
Lieven Callens, Diederik De Cock

MASKS
Maggy Jacot

SCENERY RESEARCH
Guendalina Agliardi

DOCUMENTATION
Ayco Duyster

SCENERY CREATED BY
Isabelle Lhoas, Christophe Olry, Ghigny nv, De Muur bvba

 

PRODUCTION
Ultima Vez

COPRODUCTION
Festival d'estiu de Barcelona Grec '97 - Institut de Cultura, Ajuntament de Barcelona; Théâtre de la Ville, Paris; the Royal Flemish Theatre (KVS), Brussels

Ultima Vez was artist-in-residence at the Royal Flemish Theater, received the support of the Government of Flanders and the National Lottery and was Cultural Ambassador of Flanders

 

Ultima Vez thanks Carlo Bourguignon, François Deppe, Palle Dyrvall, Mary Herbert, Sachiyo Takahashi, Véronique Waterschoot

 

 

THE MUSIC

 

STRING QUARTET COMPOSED BY
Kimmo Hakola, performed by l'Avanti! Quartet

CAFÉ, COPA, PURO & CHANSON COMPOSED & PERFORMED BY
Pascal Comelade

GIRL COMPOSED & PERFORMED BY
Pierre Vervloesem

WATCH OUT BOY COMPOSED BY ARNO & AD COMINOTTO, PERFORMED BY
Arno (vocals), Rudy Cloet (drums), Ad Cominotto (keyboards), Geoffrey Burton (guitar & bass)

SILVER COMPOSED & PERFORMED BY
Thierry De Mey

SECRET COMPOSED BY
Charo Calvo, PERFORMED BY Kimiko Nishi (harpsichord), Gyorgy Lakatos (cymbalon), Mary Herbert & Mette Edvardsen (vocals)

FINAL EDITING BY
Pierre Vervloesem with Christophe Gérard