"This is a piece of unusual intensity, and you sense the cast’s authentic involvement in the theme of humans versus
Pzazz, Pieter T’Jonck
World premiere on the 8th of December 2019 in the context of Europalia Romania during December Dance in Concertgebouw Bruges.
In his latest production entitled TRACES, Wim Vandekeybus follows the traces he has left. He looks back on the intuitions from whence his search began: to the drama of impulses and instincts; to the game of energies and intensities. In the overwhelming Romanian nature, with Europe's last primeval forests, Vandekeybus searches for traces that are older than man and his memory. For ‘the inner story’, for the story that unfolds before or beyond language and can only be told in the pulses of dance and music.
It is a search for traces of nature that the body has forgotten or repressed. How much nature still lives in human mankind? How much animal in the human body? What happens when at risk or in danger, when we have to take intuitive decisions to survive?
Ten dancers are driven by a soundtrack written by Trixie Whitley (who composed the music for TrapTown) in collaboration with Marc Ribot (who wrote the music for Inasmuch as Life is Borrowed and Vandekeybus’ full-length film debut Galloping Mind), Shahzad Ismaily, Ben Perowsky and Daniel Mintseris.
"The dancers work as a gang, at times including and at others shunning their counterparts. The idea flows; we move from Wolfpack to human gang, Borna Babic at the lead, chest jutting and bling touting."