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Blush is a dance film by choreographer and director Wim Vandekeybus and his company Ultima Vez, based on the popular stage performance.
An integral part of the Blush performance is a film, shot by Vandekeybus, in which his dancers swim with real-life dolphins and run through a cane field. The dancers, from the stage, dive in and out of the screen as though they are literally joining the dancers in the water, only to reappear on screen or on stage a couple of seconds later. This interaction between the different media also forms the central theme of the film. Its remarkable exteriors were shot in Corsica, with Brussels for interiors.
Cast and Credits
Bart Van Langendonck
Lieven Van Baelen
This 52-minute feature film is based on my successful performance, Blush. Carried by the music of David Eugene Edwards and Woven Hand and with texts by the Flemish author Peter Verhelst, Blush is a dazzling voyage swinging between the heavenly landscapes of Corsica and the slummiest depths of Brussels. It is an exploration of the savage subconscious, of mythical forests, of conflicting instincts, of imagination, where the body has reasons unknown to the mind. In dance sequences of attraction, confrontation and repulsion the performers take on animal metamorphoses.
Wim Vandekeybus (1963) is a choreographer, dancer, filmmaker, and photographer. He founded his dance company Ultima Vez in the mid-eighties.
He made a remarkable artistic debut with his first performance What the Body does not Remember (1987). The performance won a Bessie, an award granted to groundbreaking work. His second performance, Les Porteuses de Mauvaises Nouvelles (1989), was also honored with this award. In his unique style, Vandekeybus has created milestones in the development of modern dance with his performances over the last few decades, at home and abroad.
Vandekeybus has created a language of movement wherein he juxtaposes intuition, impulse and instinct with energy, risk, and danger. A central focus in his work is the irreconcilable conflict between body and mind, feeling and intellect, man and woman, nature and culture, man and animal, group and individual, illusion and reality. Each of Vandekeybus’s performances are markers in his quest for new forms However, in essence, his performances are and remain rooted in the vital energy of the body itself. This is a realm in which Vandekeybus has been able to create his highly acclaimed, rich, and diverse oeuvre.