DOMINIQUE BRUN - LE SACRE DU PRINTEMPS
The Rite of Spring, or Le Sacre du Printemps as called in French, was created on May 29th 1913 at Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris. The ballet of Vaslav Nijinski on the music of Igor Stravinsky created a scandal as the rhythm of both the choreography and the music were completely unknown and were perceived as being provocative. 100 years later, this choreography is seen as one of the most important and influential in art history. To celebrate this centennial, we invited French choreographer Dominique Brun to present her version of the piece, Le Sacre #197. Dominique Brun is one of the most advanced and passionate researcher of dance history. For the movie Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky directed by Jan Kounen, she recreated excerpts from the original Sacre. The piece she presents at Vooruit is a beautiful work directly influenced by that research. But it is not only a historical reconstruction. The music of Juan Pablo Carreno and the fantastic cast of dancers bring the audience to both see the roots and the contemporary influence of this historical ballet.
CRISTIAN DUARTE - THE HOT 100 CHOREOGRAPHERS
A history of dance can also be very personal. Brazilian choreographer Cristian Duarte selected 100 choreographers to create his composite solo piece The Hot 100 Choreographers. Who else could bring together Isadora Duncan, Bruce Lee, Meg Stuart, Trisha Brown, Benoît Lachambre, Wim Vandekeybus, Michael Jackson and many more? Borrowing movements from these hot artists, he creates is own choreography which is not a simple collage or a game of references. It mainly results in a very original and personal piece and in a beautiful visual work. His own choreography shows how a body can be influenced by memory and practice, by lived experiences and offer us a very sensible moment.
WIM VANDEKEYBUS / ULTIMA VEZ - WHAT THE BODY DOES NOT REMEMBER
A history of dance at Vooruit would not be complete if it did not include a historical piece by one of the most important Belgian choreographers, Wim Vandekeybus and his company Ultima Vez. What the body does not remember (1987) is his first work and has been landmark for many artists in Belgium and abroad. This very physical piece recreated with a new impressive team of dancers has not lost an inch of its power and feels utterly contemporary. On the evening of 20th June, Wim Vandekeybus will be receiving the Keizer Karel Prize from the Province Oost Vlanderen at Vooruit, for his special merit in the field of art and culture and also for his engagement towards diversity and the younger generations.