IT

World Premiere July 15th 2002 Festival d'Avignon

In 2002 dancer and choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui was invited by the Festival d'Avignon. In the frame of a project called Le vif du Sujet a dancer is invited to create a 30-minute performance with a choreographer of their choice. Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui chose to work with Wim Vandekeybus.

Departure point of IT was The Circular Valley, a short story by Paul Bowles about the Atlájala, a ghost living in a abandonned monastery capable of taking on different forms.Accompanied on stage by a talking donkey, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui squirmed over the dance floor, moving like a snake onto a pillar and sitting motionless on top of this high perch for minutes.

Originally an open-air performance, it was later reworked as a 50-minute full-evening performance, including film images shot by Wim Vandekeybus.

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The performance

DANCE
Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui

DIRECTION
Wim Vandekeybus

CHOREOGRAPHY
Wim Vandekeybus & Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui

ORIGINAL MUSIC
Charo Calvo in collaboration with Pierre Vervloesem

TEXT
based on ‘The Circular  Valley' by Paul Bowles © Peter Owen Editions

ASSISTANT TO THE DIRECTOR
Greet Van Poeck

VOICE DONKEY
Benoît Gob (French version), Arno (English version)

SCENOGRAPHY
Wim Vandekeybus

LIGHT DESIGN
Wim Vandekeybus in collaboration with Ralf Nonn & Stefan Alleweireldt

TECHNICAL COORDINATOR & LIGHT ENGINEER
Stefan Alleweireldt, Ralf Nonn

SOUND ENGINEER
Arne Lievens

COSTUMES
Isabelle Lhoas

PHOTOGRAPHY
Jean-Pierre Stoop

SOUND RECORDING
studios Odeon 120 & Rising Sun, Brussels

PRODUCTION
Ultima Vez

Co-production open air performance in the frame of ‘Le Vif du Sujet', July 2002 Les Ballets C. de la B., Gent; SACD, Paris; Festival d'Avignon

Co-production reworked theatre version Les Ballets C. de la B., Gent; Théâtre de la Ville, Paris; PACT Zollverein/Choreographisches Zentrum NRW, Essen

Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui thanks Damien Jalet, Erna Ómarsdóttir, Thi-Mai Nguyen and the Ultima Vez dancers

The film

DIRECTION & SCRIPT
Wim Vandekeybus

DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
Nicolas Karakatsanis

EDITING
Dieter Diependaele

SOUND DESIGN
Charo Calvo

CAST
Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui

ASSISTANT TO THE DIRECTOR
Greet Van Poeck

CHIEF ELECTRO
Marc Stolz

ELECTRICIANS
Krispijn Schuyesmans, Hans Valken

TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE
Ralf Nonn, Daniel Huard

MACHINO
Marc Freyens

COSTUMES
Isabelle Lhoas

DONKEY HANDLER
Heidi Ehrhart

CATERING
Ria Boon

STUDIO
MONEV, Sint-Pieters-Leeuw

POSTPRODUCTION IMAGES
Condor Brussels – Nicolas Karakatsanis

POSTPRODUCTION SOUND & MUSIC
ACE Digital House – Didier De Roose

PRODUCTION
CCCP, Ultima Vez

PRODUCERS
Arielle Sleutel, Bart Van Langendonck

PRODUCTION MANAGER
Arielle Sleutel

Ultima Vez is subsidized by the Flemish Community - with the collaboration of the Flemish Community Commission of the Brussels Capital Region

Thanks to Ludo de Corte & Mr. Van Roy for lending the donkey ‘Ferdinand'