Blush

World première September 24th 2002 KVS/de bottelarij Brussels (BE)

Blush is an exploration into the emotions that cause one to blush. A mixed cast of 10 performers, including Wim Vandekeybus himself, confronts extreme notions such as beauty and ugliness.

Film sequences by Wim Vandekeybus create a seamless border between two worlds.

The Flemish author Peter Verhelst followed the creation process, structuring the texts by the dancers into soothing words, volatile metaphors and rich poetry.

The Denver-based singer & songwriter David Eugene Edwards (Woven Hand & 16 Horsepower) composed the music for Blush. The sound of his banjo and his deep soul voice form the background to an avalanche of images.

 

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THE PERFORMANCE

CHOREOGRAPHY & DIRECTION
Wim Vandekeybus

CREATED WITH AND PERFORMED BY
Laura Arís Alvarez, Elena Fokina, Jozef Frucek, Ina Geerts, Robert M. Hayden, Germán Jauregui Allue, Linda Kapetanea, Thi-Mai Nguyen, Thomas Steyaert, Wim Vandekeybus

ORIGINAL MUSIC
David Eugene Edwards (singer & songwriter of 16 Horsepower and Woven Hand)

TEXTS
Peter Verhelst & Ultima Vez

ARTISTIC ASSISTANT
Eduardo Torroja

CHOREOGRAPHIC ASSISTANT
Iñaki Azpillaga

SCENOGRAPHY
Wim Vandekeybus

ASSISTANT TO THE DIRECTOR
Greet Van Poeck

TECHNICAL COORDINATION & LIGHT ENGINEER
Ralf Nonn

LIGHT CREATION
Ralf Nonn & Wim Vandekeybus

STAGEMANAGEMENT & PROPS
Daniel Huard

SOUND DESIGN & ENGINEER
Benjamin Dandoy

STYLING & COSTUMES
Isabelle Lhoas

STYLING & COSTUMES ASSISTANT
Frédéric Denis assisted by Heidi Ehrhart and Céline Gautron

DRAMATURGIC ADVICE
Hildegard De Vuyst, Jan Goossens, Nicola Schössler

ADDITIONAL RESEARCH TEXTS
Sophie Collard, Mary Herbert

PHOTOGRAPHY
Hans Roels, Jean-Pierre Stoop, Wim Vandekeybus

 

ULTIMA VEZ THANKS
the entire technical crew and the workshop of KVS/de bottelarij, Tom Barman, Peter De Graef, Femke De Smet, Benoît Gob, Inne Goris, Mauro Pawlowski, Philippe Vandendriessche, Walter Verdin (Corban vzw)

 

PRODUCTION
Ultima Vez & KVS/de bottelarij, Brussels

IN COLLABORATION WITH
Théâtre de la Ville, Paris, Le-Maillon, Strasbourg, Teatro Comunale di Ferrara, PACT Zollverein/Choreographisches Zentrum NRW, Essen.

‘Blush’ received the support of the Flemish Minister for the Capital City.

ULTIMA VEZ IS SUPPORTED BY
the Flemish Government and the Flemish Community Commission of the Brussels Capital Region.

 

THE MUSIC

 

ORIGINAL MUSIC BY
David Eugene Edwards

RECORDED BY
Robert Ferbrache, Absinthe Studio, Colorado

PRODUCED BY
David Eugene Edwards

MIXED IN 5:1 BY
Benjamin Dandoy, Christine Verschorren (Studio Masda), Didier de Roos (Fields Studio)

ALL ORIGINAL COMPOSITIONS BY
David Eugene Edwards except where noted (*)

Guest > Ordy Garrison drums on tracks 3 & 9

Adaptations Aint no sunshine* (Bill Withers), My Russia, Story and pictures, Your Russia  taken from Woven Hand CD (Glitterhouse Records  - Germany, La Chunga Music Publishing – Germany).

 

THE FILM FRAGMENTS

 

DIRECTION & SCRIPT
Wim Vandekeybus

DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
Lieven Van Baelen

CAMERA
Lieven Van Baelen, Wim Vandekeybus & Jan Dellaert

EDITING
Dieter Diependaele

SOUND
Benjamin Dandoy

CAST ULTIMA VEZ
Laura Arís Alvarez, Elena Fokina, Jozef Frucek, Ina Geerts, Robert M. Hayden, Germán Jauregui Allue, Linda Kapetanea, Thi-Mai Nguyen, Thomas Steyaert, Wim Vandekeybus

CAST WALK-ONS
Iñaki Azpillaga, Dominique Carlier, Daniel Huard, Raymond Vervliet, Pieter Ampe, Oihana Azpillaga De Coster, Tasio Azpillaga De Coster, Liebeth Biesemans, An Bohets, Agnetha Broos, Christiane Buys, Eva Cloet, Caroline Daish, Godelieve De Boeck, Delfien Debroux, Jean-François Dechamp, Laetitia De Gryse, Barbara De Jonghe, Juna De Pourcq, Frederik De Wilde, Caroline D’Haese, Else Eeckelaers, Catherine Florus, Nancy Geerons, Sachli Gholamalizad, Jeannine Hannaert, Merel Hendrickx, Inge Janssens, Sara Janssens, Isabelle Jossa, Rodney Rajesh Kappar, Sabine Laermans, Joke Laureyns, Alix Lenfant, Kwint Manshoven,  Ulrike Maris, Inge Mestdagh, Felix Metzger, Paul Moreau, Frances Perquy, Klara Robin, Dinu Rodica, Didi Rumes, Wendy Saman, Daniele Sanchioni, Hilke Scheerlinck, Alberta Sessa, César Smedts, Saar Souffriau, Lieve Stoffels, Nancy Toussaint, Sofie Van Bruystegem, Seppe Van Damme, Annie Vanden Berghen, Heidi Van Den Bossche, Reinhilde Vandevelde, Goele Van Dijck, Marleen Van Ende, Clau Van Hove, Bart Van Langendonck, Lana Van Langendonck, Marie-Hélène Van Quickenborne, Farah Van Roost, Cedric Vanrusselt, Marc Vanrusselt, Peter Vanrusselt, Greet Van VaerenberghAssistant directors Dieter Diependaele, Eduardo Torroja, Greet Van Poeck

1ST CAMERA ASSISTANT
Jan Dellaert

2ND CAMERA ASSISTANT
Igor Paskiewicz, Gaetan Verboven

UNDERWATER ASSISTANCE
Toon Opdenacker, Gilles Van Lembergen

CINEMATOGRAPHIC ADVICE
Patrick Otten

TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE
Ralf Nonn, Daniel Huard, Benjamin Dandoy (Ultima Vez)

Gérard Maraite, Dimitri Stuyven, Bart Verberckmoes, Marc de Boelpaep, Herwig Popieul, Geert Drobé (KVS/de bottelarij)

STYLING
Isabelle Lhoas

ASSISTANT STYLING
Frédéric Denis, assisted by Heidi Ehrhart

PROPS
Daniel Huard, Ralf Nonn, Benjamin Dandoy

FROGS
Henk Somers

CATERING
Renée Verdonkschot

CAMERA EQUIPMENT
Patrick Otten, Francis Schrauwen, ESV

GRIP EQUIPMENT
KGS

LIGHTING EQUIPMENT
EFF, B&L

FILMSTOCK
Eastman Kodak

LABO
Meuter Titra

POSTPRODUCTION
Emile Gorissen, Olivier Ogneux (Condor Brussels)

PRODUCTION
CCCP, Ultima Vez

PRODUCERS
Arielle Sleutel, Bart Van Langendonck

PRODUCTION MANAGER
Arielle Sleutel

ADDITIONAL PRODUCTION MANAGER SHOOTING DOLFINARIUM
Bart Verstockt

 

SPECIAL THANKS TO
Dolfinarium Boudewijnpark Bruges, Bart Vermeulen, Johan Cotteyn, Luc Tolpe  and the entire team of trainers at the Dolfinarium, Lut Vandekeybus, owners domain Giovigi, Corsica

 

The Wall Street Journal
Author
Juliane Von Reppert-Bismarck
De Volkskrant
Author
Annette Embrechts