Bilder der Vorstellung

Wim Vandekeybus / Ultima Vez
Mockumentary of a contemporary saviour (German premiere)


Sunday, May 14, 7 p.m. - TICKETS
Venue: Residenztheater
Admission price: € 36 / 24 / reduced admission price: € 8
Discussion with the artists after the show

The latest work by the Belgian star choreographer refers to a quote by the U.S. science fiction author Ursula K. Le Guin: "Science fiction is not predictive. It is descriptive." The quote indicates that the conceptual design of future worlds actually describes our present world. Wim Vandekeybus picks up on this paradox by choreographing a "mockumentary," a fictional documentary film that revolves around a contemporary messiah. In Mockumentary of a contemporary saviour (world premiere in April 2017) humans have become immortal. Threatened by a power that destroys everything, with the help of a child a few have managed to escape to a refuge. But life there proves to be unbearable. Because as humans are still humans and have different origins, they struggle with one another and with their fate. Are they worth saving? Should they accept their fate, or would it be better to surrender to the destructive power? Utopia and dystopia are not that far from one another. Wim Vandekeybus, who is considered to be one of the most important international choreographers, celebrated last year with his company Ultima Vez their thirtieth anniversary. As is often the case in his comprehensive body of work, Mockumentary of a contemporary saviour, which had its premiere in Brussels last April, also broaches the subject of existential questions in our lives.

Director and choreographer: Wim Vandekeybus
Created and performed by Anabel Lopez, Maria Kolegova, Yun Liu, Daniel Copeland, Saïd Gharbi, Jason Quarles, Flavio D’ Andrea
Text: Bart Meuleman & Ultima Vez
Artistic assistant: Jerry Killick
Art directors: Wim Vandekeybus, Meryem Bayram
Sound designer: Charo Calvo
IRCAM computer music designer: Manuel Poletti
Lighting designers: Davy Deschepper, Wim Vandekeybus
Costume designer: Isabelle Lhoas; assistant costume designer: Isabelle De Cannière
Technical coordinator: Davy Deschepper
Sound engineer: Bram Moriau
Stage manager: Tom de With
Production: Ultima Vez
A coproduction with KVS (Brussels) and Ircam (Paris)


Residenz Theater