Magazine article Dance Magazine

With a Wim There's a Way

Magazine article Dance Magazine

With a Wim There's a Way

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WITH A WIM THERE'S A WAY

LINCOLN CENTER FESTIVAL 2000

WlM VANDEKEYBUS/ULTIMA VEZ LAGUARDIA CONCERT HALL NEW YORK, NEW YORK JULY 11, 13, 14, 2000

REVIEWED BY GUS SOLOMONS JR

Wim Vandekeybus, whose work hasn't been seen in New York since 1993, made his highly anticipated return to Lincoln Center with his Brussels-based company Ultima Vez in the 110-minute, intermissionless In Spite of Wishing and Wanting. Vandekeybus's choreography is notorious for risk-taking and bruising physicality. Here, Vandekeybus has added the theatricality of text and film to the powerful dancing of eleven fierce male performers and collaborated with Talking Heads head David Byme, who has composed a richly dimensional score.

The stage is stripped of drapery, and lighting battens at various heights form a sloped canopy overhead. More lights along both sides, front to back, hang just above head height. In the opening scene the performers gallop, snorting like wild horses, leaping high and screeching to a halt, inches from the front edge of the stage. Big, imposing Said Gharbi, a blind actor who is integrated seamlessly into the cast, recounts childhood fantasies of being a sponge, a fish, a bird; the piece deals abstractly with humankind's attempts to reconcile who we are with what we want.

Taped noise augments the live performers' vocal ejaculations and footfalls. German Jauregui Allue slumbers on a large pillow, which explodes, flooding the stage with a blizzard of white feathers. …

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