Her Body Doesn't Fit Her Soul

World première June 25th 1993, Theater der Welt, Münich (D)

In Her Body Doesn't Her Soul Wim Vandekeybus deepens the influence of film in his stage work. For the first time, a short film is an integral part of the production. Elba and Federico is about a couple - Dirk Roofthooft and Vivian Cruz - who share an apartment, but don't really live together. He works at night, she during the day. They sleep on the same side of the bed: he during the day, she during the night. She dreams, he doesn't. They think about each other continually, but they're hardly ever together. Desire has become more important than its satisfaction: it speeds up the time they wait for each other, it slows down the moments they spend together.
 
The film is like a red wire through the performance, introducing most of its central themes. Day and night, darkness and light, seeing and not seeing, concepts that literally come to life in the presence of two blind performers. Saïd Gharbi and Machtelt Philips move among and with the other dancers, but they do without any visual security. They run and jump through the space, but they only feel or hear if there's any dangers surrounding them. The imaginary catastrophe, small details suggesting big failures, they're are no longer empty abstractions here.

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THE PERFORMANCE

 

CHOREOGRAPHY & DIRECTION
Wim Vandekeybus

ORIGINAL MUSIC
Peter Vermeersch

CREATED WITH & PERFORMED BY
Florence Augendre, François Brice, Vivian Cruz, Saïd Gharbi, Octavo Iturbe, Klaus Jürgens, Lieve Meeussen, Machtelt Philips, Nienke Reehorst, Dirk Roofthooft

ALSO PERFORMED BY
Iñaki Azpillaga, Ana Stegnar

SCENOGRAPHY
Wim Vandekeybus

LIGHT CREATION
Gerhard Maraite & Wim Vandekeybus

COSTUMES
Isabelle Lhoas

ARTISTIC ASSISTANT
Octavio Iturbe

ASSISTANT TO THE DIRECTOR
Anke Pesch

RESEARCH ASSISTANT
Mirjam Van Der Linden

DANCE TRAINING
Joanne Leighton

TECHNICAL DIRECTOR
Gerhard Maraite

STAGE MANAGER
Eric Vermeulen

SOUND ENGINEER
Thierry Crispin

BACK DROP PAINTED BY
Jan Beeck

TECHNICAL ADVICE
Herwig Popieul

 

PRODUCTION
Addison De Wit for Ultima Vez

COPRODUCTION
KVS, Brussels; Theater der Welt, Munich; SommerSZENE, Salzburg; Théâtre de la Ville, Paris; Centre de l'Audiovisuel, Brussels

WITH THE SUPPORT OF
the Flemish Government. Ultima Vez was Cultural Ambassador of Flanders

 

ULTIMA VEZ THANKS
Constant Vandekeybus, Lut Vandekeybus, Charo Calvo, Carmelo Scarcella, Maria Reynoso, Elba & Federico Peralta, Ultra Vision, the Bouwwen family, the KVS Brussels technical crew, Koninklijk Instituut Woluwe, the Braille League, Rosas

 

 

THE MUSIC

 

SPARADRAP & MIDWAVE PERFORMED BY
X-Legged Sally: Paul Belgrado, Pierre Vervloesem, Danny Van Hoeck, Jean-Luc Plouvier, Bart Maris, Michel Mast, Peter Vermeersch

STUK VOOR STRIJKKWARTET PERFORMED BY
Georges-Alexander Van Dam, Pol Declerck, Jean-Paul Dessy, Serge Willem

DOPPLER KWINTET PERFORMED BY
Peter Vermeersch

 

 

ELBA & FEDERICO - THE FILM

 

ACTORS
Vivian Cruz, Dirk Roofthooft, Charo Calvo, Bart Maris, Elba, Federico, Ultra Vision

DIRECTION & SCRIPT
Wim Vandekeybus

MUSIC
Peter Vermeersch

CAMERA 16 MM
Jorge Leon

CAMERA ASSISTANT
Aliocha Vanderavoort

CAMERA SUPER 8
Wim Vandekeybus

ELECTRO
Nicolas Guicheteau

BEST BOY
Eric Vermeulen

SOUND
Pierre Mertens & Daniel Iturbe

EDITING
Rudi Maerten

ASSISTANT EDITOR
Octavio Iturbe

ASSISTANT TO THE DIRECTOR
Anke Pesch

PRODUCTION MANAGER
Anne Quirijnen

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
Louise De Neef