What the Body Does Not Remember

World Premiere June 12th 1987, Toneelschuur, Haarlem (NL)

The debut of Wim Vandekeybus and Ultima Vez in 1987 stunned the world of dance of the time. In New York Vandekeybus and composers Thierry de Mey and Peter Vermeersch received the prestigious Bessie Award for this ‘brutal confrontation of dance and music: the dangerous, combative landscape of What the Body Does Not Remember’. In 2013, 25 years later and with a new cast, the show once again goes on a world tour.

Vandekeybus’ first choreography balances on the razor edge of attraction and repulsion. Sometimes this results in a confrontation between two dancers, then between two groups, between dancers and music, and between dancers and a compelling set of lines. But throughout there is an explosion of aggression, fear and danger.

As from 2013 this pioneering dance piece is also being performed with live music played by the Brussels-based Ictus contemporary music ensemble. For both Ultima Vez and Ictus this collaboration is a long-awaited happy reunion. In 1990 Peter Vermeersch and Thierry De Mey brought a group of 12 musicians together for Le Poids de la Main, a performance that merged together the choreographic material from the first two Ultima Vez productions. This signalled the start of the fine career of this now well-established contemporary music ensemble.

 

Wim Vandekeybus: “When I watch the performance, I can feel the original passion and energy all over again. At the time I was utterly sick of all that aesthetic stuff, that ‘pretending’. I wanted raw emotion, physical power and guts. Now, decades later, we are still throwing stones in the revival of What the Body Does Not Remember. To me that proves not only that a lot is possible, but also that what is possible can also last.’

12 Jun 1987, Fri

Toneelschuur
Haarlem, Holland (Première)

13 Jun 1987, Sat

Toneelschuur
Haarlem, Holland (Première)

16 Jun 1987, Tue

Théâtre Gerard Philipe
Festival Saint-Denis, France

17 Jun 1987, Wed

Théâtre Gerard Philipe
Festival Saint-Denis, France

18 Jun 1987, Thu

Théâtre Gerard Philipe
Festival Saint-Denis, France

23 Jun 1987, Tue

Festival d'Eté de Seine-Maritime
Rouen, France

24 Jun 1987, Wed

Festival d'Eté de Seine-Maritime
Rouen, France

15 Jul 1987, Wed

Festival Inteatro
Polverigi, Italy

22 Jul 1987, Wed

Festival Dai
Milano, Italy

23 Jul 1987, Thu

Festival Dai
Milano, Italy

28 Jul 1987, Tue

Internationales Sommertheater Festival Kampnagel
Hamburg, Germany

29 Jul 1987, Wed

Internationales Sommertheater Festival Kampnagel
Hamburg, Germany

12 Aug 1987, Wed

SommerSZENE
Salzburg, Austria

13 Aug 1987, Thu

SommerSZENE
Salzburg, Austria

14 Aug 1987, Fri

SommerSZENE
Salzburg, Austria

11 Sep 1987, Fri

Theater Festival
Hannover, Germany

16 Sep 1987, Wed

Festival Acarte
Lisbon, Portugal

19 Nov 1987, Thu

The Kitchen
New York, USA

20 Nov 1987, Fri

The Kitchen
New York, USA

3 Feb 1988, Wed

Ancienne Belgique
Brussels, Belgium

5 Feb 1988, Fri

Ancienne Belgique
Brussels, Belgium

6 Feb 1988, Sat

Ancienne Belgique
Brussels, Belgium

8 Mar 1988, Tue

Festival Teatro Madrid
Madrid, Spain

9 Mar 1988, Wed

Festival Teatro Madrid
Madrid, Spain

11 Mar 1988, Fri

Festival Teatro Madrid
Madrid, Spain

12 Mar 1988, Sat

Festival Teatro Madrid
Madrid, Spain

16 Mar 1988, Wed

Mercat de les Flors
Barcelona, Spain

17 Mar 1988, Thu

Mercat de les Flors
Barcelona, Spain

18 Mar 1988, Fri

Mercat de les Flors
Barcelona, Spain

22 Apr 1988, Fri

Cultureel Centrum Westrand
Dilbeek, Belgium

10 May 1988, Tue

Ancienne Belgique
Brussels, Belgium

11 May 1988, Wed

Ancienne Belgique
Brussels, Belgium

1 Jul 1988, Fri

Stadsschouwburg
Rotterdam, Holland

2 Jul 1988, Sat

Stadsschouwburg
Rotterdam, Holland

4 Jul 1988, Mon

Les Inattendus de Juillet
Maubeuge, France

29 Jul 1988, Fri

Steenfestival
Antwerp, Belgium

26 Aug 1988, Fri

Théâtre de la Bastille
Paris, France

27 Aug 1988, Sat

Théâtre de la Bastille
Paris, France

28 Aug 1988, Sun

Théâtre de la Bastille
Paris, France

31 Aug 1988, Wed

International Theater Festival
Bergen, Norway

2 Sep 1988, Fri

International Theater Festival
Bergen, Norway

3 Sep 1988, Sat

International Theater Festival
Bergen, Norway

28 Sep 1988, Wed

Festival Danse-Musique Contemporaine
Auch, France

12 Oct 1988, Wed

Stuc
Leuven, Belgium

14 Oct 1988, Fri

M.A.R.S.
Paris, Belgium

18 Oct 1988, Tue

New Dance '88
Munich, Germany

19 Oct 1988, Wed

New Dance '88
Munich, Germany

29 Oct 1988, Sat

Stadsschouwburg
Brugge, Belgium

30 Mar 1989, Thu

New Moves
Glasgow, UK

31 Mar 1989, Fri

New Moves
Glasgow, UK

12 Apr 1989, Wed

Carlton Dance Festival
Belo Horizonte, Brazil

15 Apr 1989, Sat

Carlton Dance Festival
Sao Paulo, Brazil

16 Apr 1989, Sun

Carlton Dance Festival
Sao Paulo, Brazil

20 Apr 1989, Thu

Carlton Dance Festival
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

21 Apr 1989, Fri

Carlton Dance Festival
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

22 Apr 1989, Sat

Carlton Dance Festival
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

4 May 1989, Thu

The Place Theatre
London, UK

5 May 1989, Fri

The Place Theatre
London, UK

15 Nov 1995, Wed

KVS
Brussels, Belgium (Première of reprise)

16 Nov 1995, Thu

KVS
Brussels, Belgium (Première of reprise)

18 Nov 1995, Sat

Oldenburg Festival
Oldenburg, Germany

21 Nov 1995, Tue

Künstlerhaus Mousonturm
Frankfurt, Germany

22 Nov 1995, Wed

Künstlerhaus Mousonturm
Frankfurt, Germany

27 Jan 1996, Sat

Schouwburg
Rotterdam, Holland

21 May 1996, Tue

Place Theatre
London, UK

22 May 1996, Wed

Place Theatre
London, UK

23 May 1996, Thu

Crucible Theatre
Sheffield, UK

27 May 1996, Mon

Israel Festival
Jerusalem

3 Sep 1996, Tue

Berner Tanztage
Bern, Switzerland

4 Sep 1996, Wed

Berner Tanztage
Bern, Switzerland

10 Sep 1996, Tue

Schouwburg
Amsterdam, Holland

17 Sep 1996, Tue

Schouwburg
Eindhoven, Holland

5 Oct 1996, Sat

Schouwburg
Sitart, Holland

12 Oct 1996, Sat

Schouwburg
Groningen, Holland

16 Oct 1996, Wed

Schouwburg
Arnhem, Holland

21 Oct 1996, Mon

Ultima Festival
Oslo, Norway

22 Oct 1996, Tue

Ultima Festival
Oslo, Norway

8 Jan 1997, Wed

KVS
Brussels, Belgium

9 Jan 1997, Thu

KVS
Brussels, Belgium

11 Jan 1997, Sat

KVS
Brussels, Belgium

12 Jan 1997, Sun

KVS
Brussels, Belgium

6 Feb 1997, Thu

Forum Meyrin
Geneva, Switzerland

22 Feb 1997, Sat

De Velinx
Tongeren, Belgium

26 Feb 1997, Wed

Vooruit
Gent, Belgium

27 Feb 1997, Thu

Vooruit
Gent, Belgium

28 Feb 1997, Fri

Stadsschouwburg
Brugge, Belgium

12 Mar 1997, Wed

Stadsschouwburg
Leuven, Belgium

15 Mar 1997, Sat

Staatstheater
Oldenburg, Germany

19 Mar 1997, Wed

Stadsschouwburg
Leuven, Belgium

21 Mar 1997, Fri

Théâtre Granite
Belfort, France

25 Mar 1997, Tue

deSingel
Antwerp, Belgium

26 Mar 1997, Wed

deSingel
Antwerp, Belgium

27 Mar 1997, Thu

deSingel
Antwerp, Belgium

28 Mar 1997, Fri

deSingel
Antwerp, Belgium

8 Apr 1997, Tue

L'Hippodrome
Douai, France

11 Apr 1997, Fri

Stadsschouwburg
Ultrecht, Holland

18 Apr 1997, Fri

Toneelschuur
Haarlem, Holland

19 Apr 1997, Sat

Toneelschuur
Haarlem, Holland

26 Apr 1997, Sat

Archa Theater
Prague, Czech Republic

27 Apr 1997, Sun

Archa Theater
Prague, Czech Republic

28 Apr 1997, Mon

Archa Theater
Prague, Czech Republic

17 Jan 2002, Thu

Soetezaal
Leuven, Belgium

18 Jan 2002, Fri

Soetezaal
Leuven, Belgium

19 Jan 2002, Sat

Soetezaal
Leuven, Belgium

21 Jan 2002, Mon

Soetezaal
Leuven, Belgium

22 Jan 2002, Tue

Soetezaal
Leuven, Belgium

12 Feb 2013, Tue

13 Feb 2013, Wed

15 Feb 2013, Fri

16 Feb 2013, Sat

17 Feb 2013, Sun

20 Feb 2013, Wed

22 Feb 2013, Fri

27 Feb 2013, Wed

2 Mar 2013, Sat

7 Mar 2013, Thu

8 Mar 2013, Fri

9 Mar 2013, Sat

10 Mar 2013, Sun

15 Mar 2013, Fri

Los Angeles, United States of America

16 Mar 2013, Sat

Los Angeles, United States of America

22 Mar 2013, Fri

New York, United States of America

23 Mar 2013, Sat

New York, United States of America

26 Mar 2013, Tue

27 Mar 2013, Wed

13 Apr 2013, Sat

's-Hertogenbosch
The Netherlands

17 Apr 2013, Wed

20 Apr 2013, Sat

Osterfestival
Germany

2 May 2013, Thu

10 May 2013, Fri

11 May 2013, Sat

16 May 2013, Thu

17 May 2013, Fri

18 May 2013, Sat

25 May 2013, Sat

26 May 2013, Sun

28 May 2013, Tue

29 May 2013, Wed

7 Jun 2013, Fri

Republic of China (Taiwan)

8 Jun 2013, Sat

Republic of China (Taiwan)

9 Jun 2013, Sun

Republic of China (Taiwan)

14 Jun 2013, Fri

20 Jun 2013, Thu

21 Jun 2013, Fri

22 Jun 2013, Sat

23 Jun 2013, Sun

6 Jul 2013, Sat

Bytom
Poland

15 Jul 2013, Mon

17 Jul 2013, Wed

21 Jul 2013, Sun

5 Sep 2013, Thu

6 Sep 2013, Fri

19 Sep 2013, Thu

Skopje
Republic of Macedonia

27 Sep 2013, Fri

28 Sep 2013, Sat

5 Oct 2013, Sat

Bratislava
Slovak Republic

8 Oct 2013, Tue

11 Oct 2013, Fri

Tilburg
The Netherlands

13 Oct 2013, Sun

Saint-Dié-des-Vosges
France

15 Oct 2013, Tue

Villeneuve-d'Ascq
France

16 Oct 2013, Wed

Villeneuve-d'Ascq
France

17 Oct 2013, Thu

Villeneuve-d'Ascq
France

25 Oct 2013, Fri

Seoul
Korea

26 Oct 2013, Sat

Seoul
Korea

22 Nov 2013, Fri

Aalst
Belgium

27 Nov 2013, Wed

Turnhout
Belgium

4 Dec 2013, Wed

18 Dec 2013, Wed

deSingel
Antwerp, Belgium

19 Dec 2013, Thu

deSingel
Antwerp, Belgium

20 Dec 2013, Fri

deSingel
Antwerp, Belgium

21 Dec 2013, Sat

deSingel
Antwerp, Belgium

11 Jan 2014, Sat

Breda
The Netherlands

17 Jan 2014, Fri

Brussels, Belgium

18 Jan 2014, Sat

Brussels, Belgium

22 Jan 2014, Wed

Brussels, Belgium

23 Jan 2014, Thu

Brussels, Belgium

24 Jan 2014, Fri

Brussels, Belgium

25 Jan 2014, Sat

Brussels, Belgium

27 Jan 2014, Mon

28 Jan 2014, Tue

31 Jan 2014, Fri

1 Feb 2014, Sat

11 Feb 2014, Tue

14 Feb 2014, Fri

15 Feb 2014, Sat

20 Feb 2014, Thu

5 Mar 2014, Wed

7 Mar 2014, Fri

8 Mar 2014, Sat

12 Mar 2014, Wed

14 Mar 2014, Fri

Heerlen
The Netherlands

20 Mar 2014, Thu

21 Mar 2014, Fri

25 Mar 2014, Tue

Bourges
France

26 Mar 2014, Wed

Bourges
France

28 Mar 2014, Fri

4 Apr 2014, Fri

5 Apr 2014, Sat

11 Apr 2014, Fri

12 Apr 2014, Sat

20 Apr 2014, Sun

26 Apr 2014, Sat

27 Apr 2014, Sun

9 May 2014, Fri

Vilnius
Lithuania

16 May 2014, Fri

17 May 2014, Sat

21 May 2014, Wed

23 May 2014, Fri

3 Jun 2014, Tue

4 Jun 2014, Wed

6 Jun 2014, Fri

2 Jul 2014, Wed

3 Jul 2014, Thu

30 Jul 2014, Wed

31 Jul 2014, Thu

10 Oct 2014, Fri

11 Oct 2014, Sat

16 Oct 2014, Thu

Mexico City
Mexico

17 Oct 2014, Fri

Mexico City
Mexico

22 Oct 2014, Wed

Festival Extramadura
Monterrey, Mexico

26 Oct 2014, Sun

Festival Internacional de Danza Contemporánea Onésimo González
Guadalajara, Mexico

28 Oct 2014, Tue

San Luis Potosi
Mexico

30 Oct 2014, Thu

Aguascalientes
Mexico

12 Nov 2014, Wed

13 Nov 2014, Thu

16 Nov 2014, Sun

21 Nov 2014, Fri

Festival Madrid en Danza, Madrid
Spain

22 Nov 2014, Sat

Festival Madrid en Danza, Madrid
Spain

23 Nov 2014, Sun

Festival Madrid en Danza, Madrid
Spain

25 Nov 2014, Tue

27 Nov 2014, Thu

5 Jan 2015, Mon

6 Jan 2015, Tue

29 Jan 2015, Thu

30 Jan 2015, Fri

31 Jan 2015, Sat

1 Feb 2015, Sun

5 Feb 2015, Thu

10 Feb 2015, Tue

11 Feb 2015, Wed

13 Feb 2015, Fri

14 Feb 2015, Sat

17 Feb 2015, Tue

20 Feb 2015, Fri

21 Feb 2015, Sat

24 Feb 2015, Tue

25 Feb 2015, Wed

27 Feb 2015, Fri

28 Feb 2015, Sat

3 Mar 2015, Tue

4 Mar 2015, Wed

6 Mar 2015, Fri

7 Mar 2015, Sat

10 Mar 2015, Tue

13 Mar 2015, Fri

14 Mar 2015, Sat

17 Mar 2015, Tue

18 Mar 2015, Wed

20 Mar 2015, Fri

24 Mar 2015, Tue

25 Mar 2015, Wed

26 Mar 2015, Thu

9 Apr 2015, Thu

10 Apr 2015, Fri

11 Apr 2015, Sat

13 Apr 2015, Mon

14 Apr 2015, Tue

15 Apr 2015, Wed

24 Apr 2015, Fri

25 Apr 2015, Sat

2 May 2015, Sat

5 May 2015, Tue

6 May 2015, Wed

20 May 2015, Wed

21 May 2015, Thu

24 May 2015, Sun

Krakow
Poland

27 May 2015, Wed

9 Jul 2015, Thu

20 Sep 2015, Sun

3 Nov 2015, Tue

REVIVAL 2013/2015

 

DIRECTION, CHOREOGRAPHY & SCENOGRAPHY
Wim Vandekeybus

PERFORMED BY
Jorge Jauregui Allue, Aymara Parola, Eddie Oroyan, Pavel Mašek, Revé Terborg, German Jauregui Allue, Guilhem Chatir, Claire Lamothe, Léa Dubois

ALSO PERFORMED BY
Damien Chapelle, Ricardo Ambrozio, Tanja Marín Friðjónsdóttir, Zebastián Méndez Marín, Maria Kolegova, Livia Balazova, Rob Hayden, Nicolas Grimaldi Capitello

ORIGINAL MUSIC
Thierry De Mey & Peter Vermeersch

REHEARSAL DIRECTOR
Eduardo Torroja

STYLING
Isabelle Lhoas ASSISTED BY Frédérick Denis, Isabelle De Cannière

TECHNICAL COORDINATION
Davy Deschepper

LIGHTING DESIGN
Francis Gahide

LIGHTING ON TOUR
Davy Deschepper

SOUND ON TOUR
Davy Deschepper, Bram Moriau, Antoine Delagoutte

PRODUCTION
Ultima Vez

CO-PRODUCTION
KVS

WITH THE SUPPORT OF
Charleroi Danses, Centre Chorégraphique de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles

SPECIAL THANKS TO
Louise De Neef, Benjamin Dandoy

 

 

REVIVAL 2013/2014 LIVE MUSIC BY ICTUS

 

DIRECTION, CHOREOGRAPHY & SCENOGRAPHY
Wim Vandekeybus

PERFORMED BY
Jorge Jauregui Allue, Zebastián Méndez Marín, Aymara Parola, Maria Kolegova, Livia Balazova, Eddie Oroyan, Pavel Mašek, Revé Terborg, German Jauregui Allue

ALSO PERFORMED BY

Damien Chapelle, Ricardo Ambrozio, Tanja Marín Friðjónsdóttir

ORIGINAL MUSIC
Thierry De Mey & Peter Vermeersch

PERFORMED LIVE BY
Ictus

MUSICAL DIRECTOR
Georges-Elie Octors

CONCEPT & REALISATION TABLEMUSIC (BIS)
Thierry De Mey

ASSISTANT REALISATION
Stephane Orlando

PIANO
Jean-Luc Fafchamps

PIANO
Fabian Coomans, Fabian Fiorini

CLARINET
Carlos Galvez

CLARINET
Benjamin Dieltjens, Dirk Descheemaeker

CLARINET
Tomonori Takeda

ALTO SAXOPHONE
Eric Sleichim, David Kweksilber

TROMBONE
Alain Pire, Charlotte Van Passen

DOUBLE BASS
Géry Cambier

CELLO
François Deppe

VIOLIN
George van Dam

REHEARSAL DIRECTOR
Eduardo Torroja

STYLING
Isabelle Lhoas ASSISTED BY Frédérick Denis, Isabelle De Cannière

TECHNICAL COORDINATOR
Davy Deschepper

LIGHTING DESIGN
Francis Gahide, Davy Deschepper, Wim Vandekeybus

LIGHTING ON TOUR
Davy Deschepper

SOUND ON TOUR
Antoine Delagoutte, Bram Moriau, Alexander Fostier

STAGE
Antoine Delagoutte, Bram Moriau, Wilfried Van Dyck

PRODUCER
Ultima Vez

CO-PRODUCERS
KVS, Concertgebouw Brugge

WITH SUPPORT FROM
Charleroi Danses, Centre Chorégraphique de la Fédération Wallonie- Bruxelles

CO-PRODUCERS OF ORIGINAL VERSION
Centro di Produzione Inteatro Polverigi, Festival de Saint-Denis, Festival d'Eté de Seine-Maritime, Toneelschuur Produkties Haarlem

WITH THANKS TO
Louise De Neef, Benjamin Dandoy, Thierry De Mey (Charleroi Danses)

 

 

ORIGINAL PERFORMANCE 1987

 

DIRECTED BY
Wim Vandekeybus

PERFORMED BY
Charo Calvo, Marian Del Valle, Yves Delattre, Patrick Dieleman, Maria Icaza, Dorothée Morel, Caroline Rottier, Simone Sandroni, Eduardo Torroja, Wim Vandekeybus

ALSO PERFORMED BY
Nicolas Crow, Muriel Hérault, Lieve Meeussen

ALSO PERFORMED BY (Revival 1995)

Florence Rougier, Thomas Lehnart

MUSIC
Thierry De Mey & Peter Vermeersch

PLAYED BY
Maximalist !

ASSISTANT DIRECTION
Eduardo Torroja

GENERAL ASSISTANT
Octavio Iturbe

STAGE MANAGER
Pascal Joris

PRODUCTION
Ultima Vez . Louise De Neef . Nadia Cornelis

COPRODUCTION
Centro di Produzione Inteatro Polverigi; Festival de Saint-Denis; Festival d'Eté de Seine-Maritime; Toneelschuur Produkties Haarlem

WITH THE SUPPORT OF
Vlaams Theater Circuit

The Herald (1996)
Author
Mary Brennan
The New York Times (1987)
Author
Anna Kisselgoff
The Los Angeles Times
Author
Victoria Looseleaf
Dance Magazine
Author
Victoria Looseleaf
The New York Times
Author
Brian Seibert