TEXTS & DIRECTION Wim Vandekeybus
WITH Iñaki Azpillaga, François Brice, Wim Vandekeybus
EXECUTIVE PRODUCTION de Filmfabriek – Anne Quirynen
EDITING Octavio Iturbe
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY Philippe Guilbert
CAMERA ASSISTANT Aliocha Van der Avoort
SOUND Pierre Mertens
SOUND MIX Etienne Curchod
ELECTRICIAN Bruno Dussart, Christian Roosemont, Anne François
SPECIAL EFFECTS Olivier De Laveleye
COSTUMES Isabelle Lhoas
DECOR Ultima Vez
DISTRIBUTION Ultima Vezcontact@ultimavez.com
YEAR OF PRODUCTION 1996
Three men enter the stage, undress and wash themselves. Not just a quick splash, they are scrubbing to the bone. A head hangs down high above them. It laughs devilishly; the rest of the body is missing. The men scrub, rub and scrape as though they want to wash out something that is a very part of them, their skin, their soul, and their madness. Suddenly, without a warning, the dirt flies off them and into the air. Just like that.
This scene was performed on stage in Mountains Made of Barking and filmed – in reverse – for use in Vandekeybus' following performance Bereft of a Blissful Union. In Mountains Made of Barking, the here and now are virtually absent. It has the temporal progress and the rhythym of a hallucination. Its logic is also hallucinatory: B does not simply come after A. Such everyday relations are torn out of context, turned upside-down, in reverse.