World premiere on the 8th of December 2019 in the context of Europalia Romania during December Dance in Concertgebouw Bruges.


In 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 move to a soundtrack composed by Trixie Whitley, Shahzad Ismaily, Ben Perowsky and Daniel Mintseris, recorded with special guest Marc Ribot on guitar.


"With TRACES, Wim Vandekeybus confirms that he is a phenomenal choreographer: the very physical In Spite of Wishing and Waiting, had already thrilled the audience, resulting in very high expectations. With TRACES, those expectations were not only met but by far exceeded. TRACES is much more than a simple choreography: it is an investigation into human nature told through snappy bodies and spectacular stage effects." 

-- Marievittora Veneruso (

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CREATED WITH AND PERFORMED BY Alexandros Anastasiadis, Borna Babić, Maureen Bator, Davide Belotti, Pieter Desmet, Maria Kolegova, Kit King, Anna Karenina Lambrechts, Magdalena Oettl and Mufutau Yusuf

MUSIC COMPOSED AND RECORDED BY Trixie Whitley, Shahzad Ismaily, Ben Perowsky and Daniel Mintseris


MOVEMENT ASSISTANT German Jauregui, Iñaki Azpillaga and Flavio D’Andrea

STORYLINE Wim Vandekeybus


COSTUME DESIGN Isabelle Lhoas ASSISTED BY Isabelle De Cannière

SCENOGRAPHY Wim Vandekeybus and Tom de With


SOUND ENGINEER Christian Schröder

LIGHT DESIGN Wim Vandekeybus and Francis Gahide

LIGHT ON TOUR Helmut Van den Meersschaut


SET PAINTINGS Patrick [Bob] Vantricht 


CO-PRODUCTION Europalia Romania, Concertgebouw Bruges, KVS Brussels and La Rose des Vents Villeneuve d'Ascq

WITH THE SUPPORT OF Tax Shelter measure of the Belgian Federal Government, Casa Kafka Pictures Tax Shelter empowered by Belfius. Ultima Vez is supported by the Flemish Authorities & the Flemish Community Commission of the Brussels Capital Region.