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Wim Vandekeybus (BE)

Ultima Vez

BIOGRAPHY

Wim Vandekeybus (1963) is a choreographer, dancer, filmmaker and photographer. He founded his dance company Ultima Vez in 1987. He made a remarkable artistic debut with his first performance What the body does not remember. The performance won a Bessie, an award granted for groundbreaking work. His second performance Les porteuses de mauvaises nouvelles (1989) was also honoured with this award. In his unique style, Vandekeybus has created milestones in the development of modern dance with his performances over the last few decades, at home and abroad.

Vandekeybus has created a language of movement wherein he juxtaposes intuition, impulse and instinct with energy, risk and danger, which exemplifies a dramatic Weltanschauung, full of dynamics and conflict, through the medium of dance. A central focus in his work is the irreconcilable conflict between body and mind, feeling and intellect, man and woman, nature and culture, man and animal, group and individual, illusion and reality. Vandekeybus’ work is characterised by almost obsessive reiterations of one single concern: how man responds to extreme situations. In this context, he attaches special importance to what he refers to as “the moment of catastrophe” – which ironically does not preclude his inclusion of humour, playfulness and even a certain jocular lightheartedness in his work.

Vandekeybus’s performances take the form of associative montages with a penchant for crisscrossing borderlines between disciplines that at the same time lose nothing of their strongrooted autonomy in the process. His dance is rendered in a powerfully theatrical manner. (Live) music and video/film are not only integral to his mode of theatrical expression, but more often than not, are actually the prime movers underlying the performances. The choreographer has also created short films for use in various performances – some of which may be regarded as standalone works in their own right, such as Blush (2004) and Monkey Sandwich (2013). Vandekeybus also made Galloping Mind (2015), his very first feature film.

In the course of the years, Vandekeybus developed a stronger narrative style that presents coherent fables with a broader scope, often revolving around community, individuals and conflict. His performances represent a transition from tensions between bodies at a purely physical level, to more complex tensions as between groups, and as between groups and individuals. In essence, his performances are and remain rooted to the vital energy of the body itself. This is a realm in which Vandekeybus has been able to create a rich and diverse oeuvre that is acclaimed not only at home, but internationally as well.

10.04.2022

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Performances
2022
Ultima Vez / Wim Vandekeybus
Hands do not touch your precious Me (Choreographer, Performer)
2022
Ultima Vez / Wim Vandekeybus
Scattered Memories (Choreographer, Performer)
2021
Ultima Vez / Wim Vandekeybus
TRACES (Choreographer)
2019
Wim Vandekeybus / Ultima Vez
Go Figure Out Yourself (Choreographer)
2017
Wim Vandekeybus / Ultima Vez
Mockumentary of a Contemporary Saviour (Choroegrapher)
2016
Wim Vandekeybus/Ultima Vez
Revival: In Spite of Wishing and Wanting (Choreographer, Performer)
2016
Wim Vandekeybus/Ultima Vez
Speak low if you speak love ... (Choreographer)
2013
Ultima Vez / Wim Vandekeybus
booty Looting (Choreographer)
2013
Ultima Vez / Wim Vandekeybus
What the Body Does Not Remember
Wiederaufnahme / Revival (Choreographer)
2012
Ultima Vez / Wim Vandekeybus
booty Looting (Choreographer)
2011
Wim Vandekeybus & Ultima Vez
Monkey Sandwich (Choreographer)
2011
Wim Vandekeybus & Ultima Vez
Oedipus / Bêt Noir (Choreographer & Dancer)
2010
Wim Vandekeybus/Mauro Pawlowski & Ultima Vez
What's the prediction?
ImPulsTanz Festival Opening 2010 (Choreographer & Dancer)
2009
Ultima Vez / Wim Vandekeybus
nieuwZwart" (new black) (Choreographer)
2008
Wim Vandekeybus & Ultima Vez
Menske (Choreographer)
2007
Wim Vandekeybus & Ultima Vez
Spiegel (Choreographer)
2007
Wim Vandekeybus & Ultima Vez
The Wim Reel
filmnight hosted by Wim Vandekeybus (Director)
2005
Wim Vandekeybus & Ultima Vez
Les porteuses de mauvaises nouvelles
2004
Wim Vandekeybus & Ultima Vez
Blush (Choreographer & Dancer)
2004
Wim Vandekeybus & Ultima Vez
Sonic Boom
2003
Wim Vandekeybus & Ultima Vez
Blush (Choreographer & Dancer)
1999
Wim Vandekeybus /Jan Fabre
Body, Body on the Wall (Choreographer & Dancer)
1999
Wim Vandekeybus & Ultima Vez
In Spite of Wishing and Wanting (Choreographer, Performer)
1997
Wim Vandekeybus & Ultima Vez
7 for a Secret never to be told (Choreographer & Dancer)
1995
Wim Vandekeybus & Ultima Vez
Alle Größen decken sich zu (Choreographer & Dancer)
1994
Wim Vandekeybus & Ultima Vez
Mountains Made of Barking (Choreographer & Dancer)
1993
Wim Vandekeybus & Ultima Vez
Her body doesn't fit her soul (Choreographer & Dancer)
1991
Wim Vandekeybus & Ultima Vez
Immer Dasselbe Gelogen (Choreographer & Dancer)
1989
Wim Vandekeybus & Ultima Vez
Les Porteuses de Mouvaises Nouvelles (Choreographer & Dancer)
Research
1999
Coaching Project Coaching Project
1995
Coaching Project Coaching Project: Contemporary
Workshops
danceWEB
2022
danceWEB mentor
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