In Spite of Wishing and Wanting

World première March 12th 1999, Teatro Communale di Ferrara, (I)

In 1999, In Spite of Wishing and Wanting caused a huge stir. For the first time, Wim Vandekeybus created a performance not about the chemistry between men and women, but a primal desire in a world of men alone – fierce, wild, naive and playful. Spellbinding footage and dance sequences, supported by David Byrne’s sensual soundtrack, flow into monologues about fear, a desire for security and the magic of sleep. In 2016 a completely new cast takes on the challenge of this world hit.

 

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The fear of being possessed by something or someone also has its reverse side: the longing to change into something or someone else. Fear and desire circle around the same core. This desire to transform is the central theme of ‘In Spite of Wishing and Wanting’.

Two short stories, one by Julio Cortazar and one by Paul Bowles, have been haunting Wim Vandekeybus for a while now. In both short stories the focus is on the movement between the familiar and the foreign, a movement that can never be resolved. These two short stories inspired Wim Vandekeybus while shooting the short film that is part of the performance.

 

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CREDITS REVIVAL 2016

 

DIRECTION, CHOREOGRAPHY, SCENOGRAPHY
Wim Vandekeybus

ORIGINAL MUSIC & SOUNDSCAPE
David Byrne

"FUZZY FREAKY" REMIX
DJ Food

PERFORMED BY
Rob Hayden, Eddie Oroyan, Yassin Mrabtifi, Guilhem Chatir, Grégoire Malandain, Luke Jessop, Luke Murphy, Flavio D'Andrea, Knut Vikström Precht, Cheng-An Wu, Baldo Ruiz, Wim Vandekeybus, Giovanni Scarcella, Nuhacet Guerra Segura, Alexandros Anastasiadis

CHOREOGRAPHIC ASSISTANTS
Iñaki Azpillaga, German Jauregui

ARTISTIC ASSISTANT
Greet Van Poeck

STYLIST
Isabelle Lhoas ASSISTED BY Isabelle De Cannière

TECHNICAL COORDINATION
Davy Deschepper

LIGHT
Francis Gahide, Davy Deschepper

SOUND
Bram Moriau

STAGE MANAGER
Tom de With

PRODUCTION
Ultima Vez

COPRODUCTION
KVS (Brussels, BE)

 

ADDITIONAL CREDITS ORIGINAL PERFORMANCE 1999

 

CREATED WITH & PERFORMED BY
Nordine Benchorf, Saïd Gharbi, Benoît Gob, German Jauregui Allue, Juha-Pekka Marsalo, Igor Paszkiewicz, Ali Salmi, Giovanni Scarcella, Piotr Torzawa Giro, Gavin Webber, Wim Vandekeybus, Christophe Olry

ALSO PERFORMED BY
Max Cuccaro, Jordi Galí Melendez

ASSISTANT TO THE DIRECTOR
Georg Weinand

MOVEMENT ASSISTANT
Iñaki Azpillaga

COSTUMES
Lies Van Assche & Isabelle Lhoas

COSTUME ASSISTANT
Els Mommaerts

LIGHT CREATION
Richard Joukovsky & Wim Vandekeybus

LIGHT ENGINEER
Francis Gahide

STAGE MANAGER
Christophe Olry

SOUND ENGINEER
Benjamin Dandoy

COPRODUCTION
Teatro Comunale di Ferrara, Festival d'estiú Barcelona Grec '99, Luzerntanz, KVS

 

FILM THE LAST WORDS

 

DIRECTION
Wim Vandekeybus

SCRIPT
Wim Vandekeybus & Jan De Coster

BASED ON THE SHORT STORIES BY
Julio Cortázar 'Cuento sin Moraleja' & 'Acefalia'

DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
Patrick Otten

EDITING
Rudi Maerten

SOUND DESIGN
Charo Calvo

MUSIC DURING CREDITS
David Byrne

CAST
John Campbell, Alessandra Fabbri, Max Cuccaro, Mary Herbert, Nordine Benchorf, Stefano Questorio, Ali Salmi, Benoît Gob, Igor Paszkiewiez, Germán Jauregui Allue, Juha-Pekka Marsalo, Saïd Gharbi, Giovanni Scarcella, Piotr Torzawa Giro, Gavin Webber, Charo Calvo, Angelo Dello Spedale, Toni d’Antonio, Lilia Vieira Nestre, Antonio Grossi, Max Pairon, Mathilde Pairon, Judith Vindevogel, Sandrine La Roche, François Brice, Frédéric Gibilaro, Nicola Schössler, Dominique Van Steerthegem, Carméla Locantore, Vincent Scarito, Jan De Coster, Christophe Orly, Lorenza Di Calogero, Ana Stegnar, Jean-Baptiste Lefebvre, Ezra Eeman, Ophelia Van Campenhout, Wim Vandekeybus

COSTUME DESIGNER
Lies Van Assche

DÉCOR
Christophe Olry

PRODUCTION MANAGER
Anja Daelemans

PRODUCER
Eric Kint

PRODUCTION
Itinera Films

COPRODUCTION
Ultima Vez

FUNDED BY
the Flemish Film Fund

Press Excerpts 1999-2001
Author
Several authors
New York Times 2000
Author
Anna Kisselgoff