BLUSH by Ultima Vez
Ultima Vez is a Brussels-based dance company founded in the 1980s by a very tall man named Wim Vandekeybus. The work has always held to it’s core the values of virtuosity, strength, endurance, and physical prowess/exhaustion.
BLUSH (the film) was built out of a stage-work. Made in 2004, BLUSH upped the stakes for Belgian dance-film – paralleling the acumen of the film work of DV8 – with higher production values regarding equipment, diversity of location, sound and scoring, and of course investiture of time.
This work is certain of a time, gender-roles and identities are quite fixed in their performance. However it is interesting to view this work as a marker in the value-system of the Western-european dance ecology at the turn of the millennia.
performance and dance work selected by Mårten Spångberg – this one is a wildcard!
Mårten Spångberg has been working across many modalities within dance, performance, and the visual arts since the 1970s. He played part of the “choreographic-performance” movement of the 1990s in western Europe (also erroneous known as the conceptual dance movement) alongside Vera Montero, Jérôme Bel, Eszter Salamon, Xavier LeRoy, and Christine De Smedt.
This guy is a hero to me, it was he who invited philosopher Jacques Rancière to speak at a symposium on dance which birthed the lecture published as The Emancipated Spectator. I have spoken with Mårten about the conditions of your school and those students whom have have already been lucky enough to teach and have asked him to send me some performance dear to his heart with you in-mind. We will see what we will see! ya?
a karaoke/danceoke/studio hangout.
2 microphones + 1 projector + Our fearless leader: YouTube
= Feel free to sing or not-sing. Dance or not-dance. Watch. Listen. Laugh. Discuss. And feel the performative qualities of life itself. The dance studio is not only a place to train the body…. but a place to reflect on life, living, the social, the uncanny, and all those unnamed strange feelings that take-place everyday for the rest of our lives.