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Wim Vandekeybus transforms theatrical energy of stage choreography into dynamic screen experience (with photos)

     "What the Body Does Not Remember" by Ultima Vez (Belgium) will be staged in October in a programme presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department. Two films directed and choreographed by Wim Vandekeybus, who was also the choreographer of "What the Body does Not Remember", will be shown to reveal how he transforms the theatrical energy of stage choreography into a dynamic screen experience.

     Details of the screenings are as follows:

Featured film by Wim Vandekeybus: "Here After"
October 2 (Thursday), 3pm
Cinema, Hong Kong Film Archive
Post-screening talk host: Allen Lam (Hong Kong Veteran Dance Artist)
Content: Through flashbacks using Super 8 images and Super 16 images, "Here After" tells the story of an isolated community in which a power-mad tyrant commands an infanticide. In the dance scenes we see how the characters relive their memories in the hereafter, as if their emotions and traumas were captured in the memory of their bodies. The film shows terror and its destructive effect on a community and questions existential themes such as life and death, culpability and penance, identity and memory, regret and negation, and power and freedom. "Here After" received the Prize of Creativity at the 26th International Festival of Films on Art in Montreal in 2008.

Featured film by Wim Vandekeybus: "Roseland"
October 5 (Sunday), 8pm
Lecture Hall, Hong Kong Space Museum
Post-screening talk host: Allen Lam (Hong Kong Veteran Dance Artist)
Content: "Roseland" was made from the material of Vandekeybus' first three choreographic works: "What the Body Does Not Remember", "Les porteuses de mauvaises nouvelles" and "The Weight of a Hand". Placing these works in the remarkable setting of a dilapidated Brussels cinema, the video uses vivid cinematic language to recreate the excitement of a live performance. The film was honoured with the IMZ Frankfurt 1991 Dance Screen Award and the Prague d'Or for "transforming the theatrical energy of the stage choreography into a dynamic screen experience, using a full range of cinematic techniques".

     Tickets priced at $40 are now available at URBTIX. Half-price tickets are available for senior citizens aged 60 or above, people with disabilities and their minders, full-time students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) recipients (limited tickets for full-time students and CSSA recipients available on a first-come, first-served basis). A 10 per cent discount will be offered for each purchase of standard tickets for the two screenings.

     For programme enquiries, please call 2268 7323; for ticketing enquiries call 3761 6661. For telephone credit card bookings, call 2111 5999. Internet bookings are available at For more information on the programme, please visit

Ends/Thursday, August 21, 2014
Issued at HKT 15:45


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