Blood Wedding

Blood Wedding
30 Mar '23 to 15 Apr '23
ITA-ensemble / Wim Vandekeybus

Blood Wedding is directed by the internationally renowned Belgian choreographer Wim Vandekeybus, who is a regular guest in our dance programming. He also directs stage productions, such as Oedipus/bêt noir with his own company Ultima Vez or Die Bakchen with the Residenztheater in Munich. Known for his strong physical and theatrical dance language, only last year he was responsible for the dance scenes in Ivo van Hove's Age of Rage at ITA.

Run time tba
Genre Theater
Language Dutch
Surtitles Thu April 6, 13

In Gesprek Fri April 7 and 14
Opening night Sun April

Blood Wedding

A wedding is planned in the 1930s in the Andalusian countryside. The marriage is loveless because it was arranged by the families for business reasons: the bride and groom hardly know each other.

When the bride's former lover shows up on the day of the wedding, old feelings resurface. Driven by an indestructible love, the bride and her lover run off during the party. A savage manhunt is launched. The outcome is fatal.

Wim Vandekeybus © Filip Claessens

Wim Vandekeybus about Blood Wedding

'Blood Wedding is teeming with themes that have cropped up in my own creations for decades: death, risk and freedom. It is an archaic and deeply human drama about family hatred. The security of a bourgeois existence loses out to passionate love, which drives itself to death. Lorca mixes high theatricality with naivety, primitivism and cruelty. He digs into the subconscious of his characters. It is precisely that subconscious that will be the driving force in our Blood Wedding.'


Language NP Language no problem Daniël Kolf Daniël Kolf
Language NP Language no problem Janni Goslinga Janni Goslinga
Language NP Language no problem Achraf Koutet Achraf Koutet
Language NP Language no problem Frieda Pittoors Frieda Pittoors
Language NP Language no problem Bart Slegers Bart Slegers
Language NP Language no problem Eefje Paddenburg Eefje Paddenburg
Language NP Language no problem Roeland Fernhout Roeland Fernhout
Language NP Language no problem Tijmen Teunissen Tijmen Teunissen
Language NP Language no problem Brecht Louwerens Brecht Louwerens
Language NP Language no problem Ischa Statie Ischa Statie
The groom
The mother
The neighbour, the mother in law
Leonardo’s wife, the bride
Eefje Paddenburg
The father of the bride
The moon


After the performance, come and think, listen and chat at In Gesprek. We invite a guest to further explore the themes of Blood Wedding and to exchange experiences. If you have any questions, this is the perfect time to ask them. In Gesprek is free of charge and starts shortly after the performance in one of our foyers, is conducted in Dutch and lasts about half an hour.

Wim Vandekeybus © Danny Willems
Wim Vandekeybus
Wim Vandekeybus

Wim Vandekeybus is a choreographer, theatre director, filmmaker and photographer. He founded his dance company Ultima Vez in 1987 and made a remarkable artistic debut with his first performance What the body does not remember. The performance won a Bessie, an award granted for groundbreaking work. His second performance Les porteuses de mauvaises nouvelles (1989) was also honoured 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.

In season 22|23 Wim Vandekeybus is making Blood Wedding with our ITA-ensemble. Age of Rage, for which he made the choreography, will be reprised.

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directed by Wim Vandekeybus
written by Federico García Lorca
translation Dolf Verspoor
dramaturgy Maria Luttikhuis, Marijn Prakke (intern)
scenography Gijs Van Vaerenbergh, Arnout van Vaerenbergh, Dalia Puodziute
dance Brecht Louwerens, Ischa Statie, Tijmen Teunissen
costumes Isabel Lhoas
original music Arthur Brouns
musicians Eva Quartet (Zang), Kostadin Genchev (Kaval), Fil Caporali (Contrabas), Winne Clement (Overtoon fluiten), Daniel Jonkers (Drums), Drop Down Community (Strijkers Ensemble), Hristina Belcheva (Gadulka), Dimitar Blagoev (Guitar), Dimitar Semov (Percussion), Boris Taslev (Contrabas), Kristofor Parvanov (Solo Violin and Viola)
lighting design Wim Vandekeybus
sound designErwin Sterk

film direction and concept Fernando Vandekeybus
film crew Lesmecs
dancers Claire Hermans, Erik de Klerck, Floortje van Duyne, Sasker Polman
girls Anna Loeffen, Doris Zuijderland, Eline van der Laan, Layla Seme, Nora Van Berckelaer, Pascale Kromkamp
extras Alexandra Rossetti, Arnout van Loon, Casper Oudshoorn, Diana Martinez, Erik-Jan Kamerbeek, Ernanda Brandt, Esther van Doesburg, Fleur de Graaf, Gina Mercelis, Hanneke Borger, Jana Ehrich, Jeroen Bakker, Ksenia, Mae Telkamp, Margriet Duyster, Monique van Esch, Myra Beckers, Natasa Cvjetkovic, Noah Veenhuijsen, Nora Van Berckelaer, Okke Dillo, Roel Van Berckelaer, Rohan Meijer, Seb Zevenhuizen, Thea Thomsen, Ties Jansen, Tina Vekua, Tobias Bodewitz, Vanity Smeets, Xavier Madhar

private producer Helga Lasschuijt & Dirk Raes

assistant director Maria Luttikhuis, Lore Mechelaere
assistant scenography Django Walon
assistant costumes Lieve Meeussen
head of technical staff Reyer Meeter
head artistic office Loesje Riethof
head of production Michiel van Schijndel
head of dramaturgy Johan Reyniers
head of design Roel Van Berckelaer
first production leader Edith den Hamer
productionleader Marleen Koens
production Sara Vallis
voorstellingsleiding Margus Spekkers
technical staff Sebastiaan Kruijs (1e inspiciënt), Emile Bleeker, Rinse de Jong, Nelis Meijer, Sander van Elteren, Danne Hekman, Michel Smouter, Thijs Veerman, Zinzi Kemper, Lorenzo Mirra, Pepijn van Beek, Alex Boonstra, Dennis van Scheppingen
costume department Wim van Vliet (hoofd), Farida Bouhbouh, Leanne Vandenbussche, Carlijn Veurink
hair and make-up David Verswijveren, Yara Forster
casting advice Hans Kemna
children’s casting Martha Mojet
kinderbegeleiding Anna Kostelijk, Roann Postma
photography Fabian Calis
graphic design Serena Kloet
publicity Natasa Cvjetkovic
with thanks to Adam Halleux, Anna Sijbrands


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