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Ultima Vez Blush

Ultima Vez "Blush"

Spring 2004

Directed by Wim Vandekeybus, Blush mixes confrontational, intensely physical dance, theatre, film, text and music in an explosion of visual imagery and sound. Love in all its states – lust, temptation, exhilaration, and shame – is the subject of Blush as the performers transform into wild animals, lost Eurydices and raging furies. It is Wim’s fourteenth production for Ultima Vez, featuring an international cast of 10 performers, including Vandekeybus himself.

A rock soundtrack, composed by American singer & songwriter David Eugene Edwards of 16 Horsepower and Woven Hand, forms the background to an avalanche of images. In London, Truro and Glasgow Edward’s Denver based 4-piece band performs live with Ultima Vez.

Film sequences featuring the cast, directed by Vandekeybus, are projected in large scale, and introduce one of the most inventive and breathtaking moments of interaction between film and live performance. Diving from the stage into the screen, dancers seamlessly reappear on film, transformed into water nymphs in an underwater netherworld.

Vandekeybus’ work seems to push dancers and technology beyond their limits in a powerful osmosis of live action, film and music. Blush seethes with energy, danger, emotion and sensuality.