May 3, 2012 21:15
With this new production, Wim Vandekeybus is once again tackling Jan Decorte’s very personal and contrary 1999 version of Oedipus. Jan Decorte’s compact script gives Vandekeybus the opportunity to convert subconscious tensions into dance and music. The script starts at a point after the calamity has already taken place. Vandekeybus: “It would be great to make a full-length film of Bêt noir one day. In fact it’s already a perfect film script. Bêt noir is a blast. It’s precisely because Jan writes so compactly that I have the time to do other things in the production; you can do what you like with it.’
An impressive cast of 16 actors, dancers and musicians presents the tragic myth of this born anti-hero, who unknowingly murders his father and marries his mother and Vandekeybus himself plays the part of Oedipus: “As a choreographer and director, I like being in the production myself; it’s the perfect way to defend your work”.
Nine powerful dancers, all of whom have previously appeared in works by Vandekeybus, give physical colour to wordless parts and to Oedipus’ people. “I myself am not so keen on dancers who absolutely want to show that they are dancers in a play. But I do like dancers who can act in a refreshing way in a dance performance”.
Vandekeybus is once again working with the guitar virtuoso Elko Blijweert and the blues legend Roland Van Campenhout who create combination that audiences appeared to savour.