KVS

Infamous Offspring

Ultima Vez / KVS
Wed 29.11.2023 - Sat 09.12.2023
29.11.2023
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09.12.2023
  • 29.11.2023
    20:00 - 22:00
    PREMIERE
    KVS, Brussels
    KVS BOL
  • 30.11.2023
    20:00 - 22:00
    KVS, Brussels
    KVS BOL
  • 01.12.2023
    20:00 - 22:00
    KVS, Brussels
    KVS BOL
  • 02.12.2023
    20:00 - 22:00
    Aftershow met Où est-ce pe n’este? in KVS foyer
    KVS, Brussels
    KVS BOL
  • 06.12.2023
    20:00 - 22:00
    KVS, Brussels
    KVS BOL
  • 07.12.2023
    20:00 - 22:00
    KVS, Brussels
    KVS BOL
  • 08.12.2023
    20:00 - 22:00
    KVS, Brussels
    KVS BOL
  • 09.12.2023
    20:00 - 22:00
    KVS, Brussels
    KVS BOL

A modern patchwork family inspired by Greek mythology and re-mastered through the universe of Ultima Vez and poet Fiona Benson: this is Infamous Offspring. In Wim Vandekeybus' latest creation, a whole new cast of actors and dancers ventures into the labyrinth of ancient tales. On stage as on screen, dance merges with poems to create a unique new world. 

All ancient stories revolve around gods, as projections of the extreme experiences of the human life. Zeus and Hera are the nucleus of the Greek pantheon, surrounded by a very lush offspring. How do these descendants relate to their parents and to each other? All together, they form a patchwork family, where all members have their own strengths, ambitions and flaws. Jealousy, adultery, greed and many other aspects that belong to the human experience were infused and amplified in these unreachable characters, so that we could mirror ourselves. 
 
The Greek world of gods is never-ending: universal tales retold throughout history branch far away and are still hold true to our society today.  Many variants of these stories keep being alive at the same time, which is the very core of the mythological narrative. As writer Roberto Calasso said, “everything that happens, happens this way, or that way, or this other way. If, out of some perversity of tradition, only one version of some mythical event has come down to us, it is like a body without a shadow, and we must do our best to trace out that invisible shadow in our minds." It is in this multifaceted context that the space for artistic imagination emerges and the world of Ultima Vez unfolds. 

Daniel Copeland and Lucy Black play the father/Zeus and the mother/Hera, who, appearing only on screen, remain distant, unreachable divine parents. At their side, the flamenco legend Israel Galván embodies the family’s best friend/Tiresias, the blind prophet who will communicate purely through rhythm and body language to the performers on stage. 
 
Hephaestus is one of the main characters in Infamous Offspring, the god of fire and of forging, who as soon as he was born was already thrown from the Olympus and remained crippled. Due to his impairment, Hephaestus develops outstanding skills as the blacksmith of the gods. The rejected becomes then the skilled and the indispensable, the only worker. In the show, Hephaestus is portrayed by Iona Kewney, a Scottish painter and contortionist, who transposes the key features of the crippled fire god into an imaginative language. All the divine siblings are performed on stage by young international dancers, opening the gaze on Greek mythology to a broader, contemporary and universal approach. 
 
Fiona Benson, a poet whose dark imagination is solemnly infused with lyricism, reworked the mythology and imagined the text for the performance. In her writings, such as Vertigo&Ghosts (winner of the prestigious Forward Prizes), the contemporary and the myth are always echoing each other. Infamous Offspring is her theatre debut: poetry, like dance, is an abstract form of conveying something without literally pronouncing it. 
  
Like in several of his previous pieces (like Blush, Puur, Traptown), Wim Vandekeybus develops the visual narrationthrough several media: cinema coexists with stage performance, dance with spoken word. All these languages enhance and exalt each other for a unique and ever recognizable signature. 

A guide to the characters

 

Trigger warning: this creation features themes including rape and sexual violence. 

Extra

On December 2 from 10:00 PM to 1:00 AM aftershow in KVS Foyer with Où est-ce pe n’este?

Où est-ce pe n’este? (pronounce 'Wespennest') is a roguish Brussels-based dj-duo (Flor Verdegem x Omar Hobo) serving you stingy mixes of où a t’èveur deille file l’aïque playing. Whilst always keeping it playful & exciting, they try to cover a large spectrum of vibes and genres, underground & mainstream, local & international all at once. They're eclecticists at heart, are equally comfortable playing at a pub, a poetry festival or a rave and have a monthly radioshow on BRUZZ where they share their latest musical finds.

Credits

REGIE & CHOREOGRAFIE / MISE EN SCÈNE & CHORÉGRAPHIE / DIRECTION AND CHOREOGRAPHY Wim Vandekeybus  GECREËERD MET EN GESPEELD DOOR / CRÉÉ ET INTERPRETÉ PAR / CREATED WITH AND PERFORMED BY Iona Kewney, Maria Zhi Tortosa Soriano, Lotta Sandborgh, Cola Ho Lok Yee, Samuel Planas, Rakesh Sukesh, Paola Taddeo, Adrian Thömmes, Hakim Abdou Mlanao FILM CAST Lucy Black, Daniel Copeland, Thi-Mai Nguyen, Cola Ho Lok Yee, Iona Kewney, Paola Taddeo MET SPECIALE VERMELDING IN DE ROL VAN TERESIAS / AVEC APPARITION SPÉCIALE DANS LE RÔLE DE TERESIAS / WITH SPECIAL APPEARANCE IN THE ROLE OF TIRESIAS Israel Galvàn TEKST / TEXTE / TEXT Fiona Benson  MUZIEK / MUSIQUE / MUSIC Warren Ellis/Dirty Three, ILA CONCEPTION SONORE FILM / SOUND DESIGN FILM Arthur Brouns ARTISTIEKE ASSISTENT EN DRAMATURGIE/ ASSISTANT ARTISTIQUE ET DRAMATURGIE / ARTISTIC ASSISTANT & DRAMATURGY Margherita Scalise  BEWEGINGSASSISTENTEN/ ASSISTANTS DE MOUVEMENT / MOVEMENT ASSISTANTS Maria Kolegova, Alexandros Anastasiadis KOSTUUMONTWERP/ CONCEPTION DE COSTUMES / COSTUME DESIGN Isabelle Lhoas  STAGE DESIGN Wim Vandekeybus DECOR REALISATIE EN CONSULTANCY / RÉALISATION DE DÉCORS ET CONSEIL / DECOR REALISATION AND CONSULTANC Schröder, Pepijn Mesure & KVS GELUIDSINGENIEUR EN LIVE VIDEO OPERATOR / INGÉNIEUR DU SON ET OPÉRATEUR VIDÉO EN DIRECT / SOUND ENGINEER AND LIVE VIDEO OPERATOR Schröder  LICHTONTWERP / CONCEPTION LUMIÈRE / LIGHT DESIGN Wim Vandekeybus and Benjamin Verbrugge  LICHT OP TOUR /LIGHT ON TOUR / LIGHT ON TOUR Benjamin Verbrugge, Sarah Feyen PRODUCTIE / PRODUCTION Heleen Schepens DISTRIBUTIE/ DISTRIBUTION Julia Bouhjar ADVIES ROND MYTHOLOGIE / CONSEIL EN MYTHOLOGIE / CONSULTANCY ON MYTHOLOGY Nadia Sels  MET DANK AAN / REMERCIEMENTS / THANKS TO Laura Aris, Jerry Killick, Magdalena Öttl, Matteo Principi, Louis Kubben, Thi-Mai Nguyen, Pieter Desmet FOTO'S / PHOTOS / PICTURES Wim Vandekeybus, Danny Willems PRODUCTIE / PRODUCTION Ultima Vez  COPRODUCTIE / CO-PRODUCTION Teatro Comunale Di Ferrara, Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg, KVS  MET DE STEUN VAN / AVEC LE SOUTIEN DE / WITH THE SUPPORT OF Tax Shelter measure of the Belgian Federal Government, Casa Kafka Pictures Tax Shelter empowered by Belfius. Ultima Vez is supported by the Flemish Community & the Flemish Community Commission of the Brussels Capital Region  CREDITS FILM FRAGMENTS in the LIVE PERFORMANCE REGISSEUR/ MISE EN SCÈNE / DIRECTOR Wim Vandekeybus FILM SCRIPT Wim Vandekeybus, Fiona Benson FILM GEPRODUCEERD DOOR / FILM PRODUIT PAR / FILM PRODUCED BY Ultima Vez & lesmecs EXECUTIVE PRODUCER Jesse Vander Meersch EERSTE ASSISTENT REGISSEUR / PREMIER ASSISTANT MISE EN SCÈNE / FIRST ASSISTANT DIRECTOR / VISUAL DIRECTOR Fernando Vandekeybus TWEEDE ASSISTENT REGIE/ DEUXIÈME ASSISTANT MISE EN SCÈNE / SECOND ASSISTANT DIRECTOR Margherita Scalise DOP Dries Vanderaerden 1st AC Ruby Vander Kooj STEADICAM Sander Blok ART DIRECTION Jara Vlaeminckx SETDRESSER Brecht Vanthuyne, Aaron De Keyzer ART DIRECTION BACKDROPS Naomi Zwaenepoel GAFFER Pieter-Jan Donckels ELECTRO Willy Van Barel, Geert Drobé, Ellie Bryce, Thibaud Decoene, Steven Lorie, Justine Hautenauve TECHNISCHE ASSISTENTIE / ASSISTANCE TECHNIQUE / TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE Pepijn Mesure, Schröder FOTOGRAFIE OP SET / PHOTOGRAPHIE SUR SCÈNE / SET PHOTOGRAPHY Wim Vandekeybus GELUID / SON / SOUND Vincent Struelens STYLING Isabelle Lhoas, Susanne Fischer ASSISTENT STYLING / ASSISTANCE AU STYLING / ASSISTANT STYLING Lieve Meeussen MAKE UP & HAAR / MAQUILLAGE ET COIFFURE / MAKE UP & HAIR Tine De Sauter LOCATIE / LOCATION KVS Brussels LOCATIEMANAGERS / LOCATION MANAGERS Donald Berlanger, Robin Hectors PRODUCTIE / PRODUCTION Lieselotte Belon, Sara El Allouch, Heleen Schepens, Monica De Bock POST-PRODUCTIE / POSTPRODUCTION SUPERVISOR Jasper Flikschuh MONTAGE / EDITOR Joost Prins, Fernando Vandekeybus GELUIDSONTWERP / CONCEPTION SONORE / SOUND DESIGN Arthur Brouns GELUIDSBEWERKING / MONTAGE SONORE / SOUND EDITING to be confirmed GRADING to be confirmed SPECIALE DANK AAN / REMERCIEMENTS SPECIAUX À / SPECIAL THANKS TO - Lucky Cameras - Cachet - Watts lightning