Sadler’s Wells and Dance Touring Partnership present
Wim Vandekeybus/Ultima Vez
BLUSH UK PREMIERE
UK tour from January 27 – 21 February 2004
Coventry, Nottingham, Sheffield, London, Truro, Glasgow, Newcastle
‘The performance swarms with invention, alternating the gentleness of love and sorrow of impossible lovers, with couples, head against head, in love-fights.’ La Libre Belgique
‘Lively and strong, sensual and explosive, wild and elegant’ Le Soir
Internationally renowned choreographer, Wim Vandekeybus, and award-winning company Ultima Vez present
a rare UK tour of their latest work, Blush. Sadler’s Wells and the Dance Touring Partnership
co-produce the tour, which begins on 27 January 2004 and visits Coventry, Nottingham, Sheffield, London, Truro, Glasgow and Newcastle.
Blush, fuses intensely physical dance, film and music to explore love in all its forms resulting in potent and sensual scenes of lust and temptation, exhilaration and shame, as the dancers transform into lost Eurydices and underwater nymphs.
The performance has a high energy rock soundtrack from singer/songwriter David Eugene Edwards of
Denver based band, 16 Horsepower and solo project, Woven Hand. In London, Glasgow and Truro the
4-piece ‘goth country’ rockers accompany the performance live on stage.
Vandekeybus’s trademark use of film blurs the definition between stage and screen. The dancers appear to leap from the stage into the film screen to seamlessly reappear swimming underwater.
Blush is Vandekeybus’s 14th production for Ultima Vez. It features ten international performers, including Vandekeybus himself. All the performers contributed to the writing of Blush in collaboration with writer Peter Verhelst. Richly poetic, the final performance draws on Charles Laughton’s film The Night of the Hunter, as well as Ovid’s tale of Orpheus rescuing Eurydice from the underworld.
Vandekeybus pushes the performers to extremes of emotional and physical strength, creating a breathtaking theatrical experience of powerful and disturbing energy.
For further information please contact Charlotte Hooper at Sadler’s Wells
Tel: 020 7863 8114 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Images are available from EPO www.epo-online.co.uk
Notes to Editors
The UK tour is funded by Arts Council England.
Wim Vandekeybus is a director, choreographer, performer, filmmaker and photographer. After working for two years with Jan Fabre he created his own working structure, Ultima Vez, a company of a dozen young artists and actors, and several artistic, technical and administrative collaborators. Blush premiered in September 2002 in the Koninklijke Vlaamse Schouwburg / de bottelarij in Brussels.
Laura Aris Alvarez (Spanish); Elena Fokina (Russian); Jozef Frucek (Slovakian); Ina Geerts (Belgian); Robert M.Hayden (American); German Jauregui Allue (Spanish); Linda Kapetanea (Greek); Thi-Mai Nguyen (French)
Thomas Steyaert (Belgian); Wim Vandekeybus (Belgian)
David Eugene Edwards is the lead singer of 16 Horsepower and solo project Wovan Hand.
Wovan Hand play live on stage for performances of Blush in London, Glasgow and Cornwall.
Daniel McMahon (organ, mandolin)
David Eugene Edwards (vocals, viola, slide-guitar)
Ordy Garrison (drums)
Paul Fonfara (cello)
Warwick Arts Centre
Tuesday 27 & Wednesday 28 January at 7.30pm
024 7652 4524 www.warwickartscentre.co.uk
Friday 30 & Saturday 31 January at 8pm
0115 941 9419 www.nottinghamplayhouse.co.uk
Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield
Tuesday 3 February at 7.45pm
0114 249 6000 www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk
Sadler’s Wells, London (live music)
Saturday 7 & Sunday 8 February at 8.00pm
020 7863 8000 www.sadlerswells.com
Hall for Cornwall, Truro (live music)
Wednesday 11 February at 8pm
01872 262466 www.hallforcornwall.co.uk
Theatre Royal, Glasgow (live music)
Tuesday 17 & Wednesday 18 February at 7.30pm
0141 332 9000 www.theatreroyalglasgow.com
Newcastle Playhouse, Newcastle
Friday 20 & Saturday 21 February at 8.00pm
0191 230 5151 www.northernstage.com