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Wim Vandekeybus / Ultima Vez
Mockumentary of a Contemporary Saviour (German premiere)


Sunday, May 14, 7 p.m. - TICKETS
Venue: Residenztheater
Duration: 110 minutes
Admission price: € 36 / 24 / reduced admission price: € 8
Discussion with the artists after the show

The latest work by the Belgian star choreographer refers to a quote by the U.S. science fiction author Ursula K. Le Guin: "Science fiction is not predictive. It is descriptive." The quote indicates that the conceptual design of future worlds actually describes our present world. Wim Vandekeybus picks up on this paradox by choreographing a "mockumentary," a fictional documentary film that revolves around a contemporary messiah. In Mockumentary of a contemporary saviour (world premiere in April 2017) humans have become immortal. Threatened by a power that destroys everything, with the help of a child a few have managed to escape to a refuge. But life there proves to be unbearable. Because as humans are still humans and have different origins, they struggle with one another and with their fate. Are they worth saving? Should they accept their fate, or would it be better to surrender to the destructive power? Utopia and dystopia are not that far from one another. Wim Vandekeybus, who is considered to be one of the most important international choreographers, celebrated last year with his company Ultima Vez their thirtieth anniversary. As is often the case in his comprehensive body of work, Mockumentary of a contemporary saviour, which had its premiere in Brussels last April, also broaches the subject of existential questions in our lives.

Director and choreographer: Wim Vandekeybus
Created with and performed by Anabel Lopez, Maria Kolegova, Yun Liu, Daniel Copeland, Saïd Gharbi, Jason Quarles, Flavio D’ Andrea
Text: Bart Meuleman & Ultima Vez
Artistic assistant: Jerry Killick, Aïda Gabriëls
Dramaturgy: Aïda Gabriëls, Jerry Killick
Scenography: Wim Vandekeybus, Meryem Bayram
Music and Sound Design: Charo Calvo
Cocreation Sound Design and realization of IRCAM computer music: Manuel Poletti
Voice Saviour: Maxim Daish Belay
Lighting design: Davy Deschepper, Wim Vandekeybus
Costume design: Isabelle Lhoas; assisted by Isabelle De Cannière
Technical coordination: Davy Deschepper
Sound engineer: Bram Moriau assisted by Martin Antiphon (Ircam)
Stage manager: Tom de With
SFX: Zephyr Wildlife, Saskia Verreycken
Production: Ultima Vez
A coproduction with KVS (Brussels), deSingel (Antwerp) and Ircam-Centre Pompidou (Paris)


Residenz Theater