'Blood Wedding is a thrilling journey through the different layers of the human mind.' - de Volkskrant ★★★★
A wedding is planned in the 1930s on 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.
Run time 100 minutes
Surtitles Thu November 2
In Gesprek Fri October 27 & Fri November 3
A wedding is being planned on the Andalusian countryside in the 1930s. The marriage is loveless as it is arranged by the families for financial reasons: bride and groom hardly know each other. When the bride's former lover shows up on the day of the party, 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.
Blood Wedding, by the Spanish poet and playwright Federico García Lorca, was staged with the ITA Ensemble by internationally renowned Belgian choreographer and director Wim Vandekeybus, a regular guest in our dance programming. Known for his strong physical and theatrical dance language, he was previously responsible for the dance scenes in Ivo van Hove's Age of Rage at ITA. Music, video and film are an integral part of his theatrical expression. For Blood Wedding, Vandekeybus worked together with his son, film director Fernando Vandekeybus.
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."
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.
'Blood Wedding is a thrilling journey through the different layers of the human mind.'
'The result is beautiful: Lorca's classic symbolism proves to be an excellent breeding ground for stylized visual theater with a touch of gothic horror.'
'The monumental scenography by architect duo Gijs Van Vaerenbergh, who built a rocky landscape from felt, and the sparse lighting give the scene a cinematic quality.'
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 23|24 his direction of Blood Wedding will be reprised.
directed by and choreography by Wim Vandekeybus
written by Federico García Lorca
translation Dolf Verspoor
dramaturgy Maria Luttikhuis, Marijn Prakke (intern)
scenography Gijs Van Vaerenbergh
lighting design Wim Vandekeybus
dance Brecht Louwerens, Ischa Statie, Tijmen Teunissen, Mees Meeuwsen
costumes Isabel Lhoas
original music/composer Arthur Brouns
musicians Eva Quartet (Vocals), Kostadin Genchev (Kaval), Fil Caporali (Contrabas), Winne Clement (Overtone flutes, performance and design), Daniel Jonkers (Drums), Drop Down Community (String Ensemble), Hristina Belcheva (Gadulka), Dimitar Blagoev (Guitar), Dimitar Semov (Percussion), Boris Taslev (Contrabas), Kristofor Parvanov (Solo Violin and Viola), Flavia Espartin (Cello FX)
sound design Erwin Sterk
film direction and concept Fernando Vandekeybus
film crew Lesmecs
grading Jan Maarten De Wit
rider Achille Ingels
wingsuit images Colas Feuillie
images Portugal Ryan Le Garrec
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