*Hands do not touch your precious Me

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With Hands do not touch your precious Me, Wim Vandekeybus creates a mythical tale of confrontation and transformation, light and darkness, death and rebirth. For this he collaborates with the composer Charo Calvo, eight dancers and – for the first time – with performer and visual artist Olivier de Sagazan. Together they create a world in which bodies balance like living, fleshly sculptures between the utopian and the gruesome, the powerful and the fragile.

The poetic, mysterious title is a verse taken from a hymn by the Sumerian High Priestess Enheduanna to the goddess Inanna. Of all the myths surrounding the goddess Inanna, her spectacular descent into the underworld is the most intriguing. Innana is the divine embodi- ment of the paradoxes of human existence, and her deeds are a reflection of the tensions and contradictions that every person is forced to navigate in life. Inscribed on clay tablets in cuneiform over 4,000 years ago, these are some of humankind’s most ancient stories.

Both Wim Vandekeybus’s productions and Olivier de Sagazan’s performances work on the borderline of what it means to be "corporeal" and to be "human". Vandekeybus developed his movement language based on impulsive and instinctive reactions when confronted with situations of physical risk and danger. At the core of de Sagazan’s work is the transfiguration of the body and the face with clay and paint into a lump of anonymous flesh. Vandekeybus’ and de Sagazan’s exploration of human limits finds a musical echo in the material and physical texture of Charo Calvo’s electroacoustic music. 

World premiere : 15th July 2021 at KVS, Brussels

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  • 2021-07-15 00:00:00 2021-07-18 00:00:00 - KVS, Brussels - Belgium
  • 2021-01-31 00:00:00 2021-01-31 00:00:00 - Cultuurcentrum Het Perron, Ypres - Belgium
  • 2021-01-20 00:00:00 2021-01-21 00:00:00 - 30CC Schouwburg, Louvain - Belgium


Direction & Choreography : Wim Vandekeybus

Created with and Performed by Olivier De Sagazan, Lieve Meeussen, Wim Vandekeybus, Maria Kolegova, Mufutau Yusuf, Borna Babic, Maureen Bator, Davide Belotti, Pieter Desmet and Anna Karenina Lambrechts

Artistic Creation with Clay : Olivier De Sagazan

Music Composed & Produced By Charo Calvo

Additional Original Music (Red Dance) : Norbert Pflanzer

Live Camera : Wim Vandekeybus

Artistic Assistant : Margherita Scalise

Dramaturgy : Erwin Jans

Costume Design : Isabelle Lhoas

Lighting Design : Wim Vandekeybus & Francis Gahide

Technical Coordination & Stage Management : Thomas Glorieux

Photos : Wim Vandekeybus & Danny Willems

Production Ultima Vez Coproduction Kvs, Teatro Comunale Di Ferrara with the support of Tax Shelter Of The Belgian Federal Government, Casa Kafka Pictures Tax Shelter Empowered by Belfius

Ultima Vez is supported by The Brussels Capital Region