1st Day Program // 21.8.20

26th Kalamata International Dance Festival

Program of the Day // 21.8.20



21 & 22.8.2020 | 22:00 | 105'
Kalamata Castle Amphitheatre 

In his latest production entitled Traces, Wim Vandekeybus follows his own traces and looks back to the intuitions that spurred his search: the drama of impulses and instincts, the game of energies and intensities. In the wilderness of Romania, where Europe’s last primeval forests survive, Vandekeybus searches for traces older than mankind and human memory, traces of nature that the body has forgotten or repressed. It is a search for ‘the inner story’, which unfolds before and beyond language and can only be told through dance and music. How much nature still lives in humankind? How much animal survives in the human body? What happens when we are at risk or in danger, when we must take intuitive decisions to survive?
Ten dancers move to a soundtrack composed by Trixie Whitley (author of the music for TrapTown), Shahzad Ismaily, Ben Perowsky, and Daniel Mintseris. Special guest Marc Ribot, who wrote the music for Inasmuch as Life is Borrowed and Vandekeybus’s feature film Galloping Mind, joins them on the guitar.


Direction & choreography: Wim Vandekeybus
Created with & performed by: Alexandros Anastasiadis, Borna Babić, Maureen Bator, Davide Belotti, Pieter Desmet, Maria Kolegova, Kit King, Anna Karenina Lambrechts, Magdalena Oettl, Mufutau Yusuf
Music composed & recorded by: Trixie Whitley, Shahzad Ismaily, Ben Perowsky, Daniel Mintseris
Special guest on guitar: Marc Ribot
Movement assistant: German Jauregui, Iñaki Azpillaga, Flavio D’Andrea
Storyline: Wim Vandekeybus
Dramaturgy: Erwin Jans
Costume design: Isabelle Lhoas, assisted by Isabelle De Cannière
Scenography: Wim Vandekeybus & Tom de With
Stage management: Tom de With
Sound engineer: Bram Moriau
Light design: Wim Vandekeybus & Francis Gahide
Light on tour: Helmut Van den Meersschaut
Bear costume design: Jan Maillard
Set paintings: Patrick (Bob) Vantricht
Production: Ultima Vez
Co-production: Europalia Romania, Concertgebouw Bruges, KVS Brussels, La Rose des Vents Villeneuve d’Ascq
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 Authorities & the Flemish Community Commission of the Brussels Capital Region.



Wim Vandekeybus is a choreographer, dancer, filmmaker, and photographer. He founded his dance company Ultima Vez in the mid-1980s. His debut performance What the body does not remember (1986) won a Bessie Award for ground-breaking work. His second performance, Les porteuses de mauvaises nouvelles (1989), was also honoured with a Bessie Award. His performances over the last few decades are considered milestones in the development of modern dance. Vandekeybus’s unique style and language of movement juxtapose intuition, impulse, and instinct with energy, risk, and danger, exemplifying a Weltanschauung full of dynamics and conflict—conflict between body and mind, feeling and intellect, man and woman, nature and culture, man and animal, group and individual, illusion and reality. Vandekeybus’s work is characterised by almost obsessive reiterations of a single concern: how man responds to extreme situations. In this context, he attaches special importance to what he refers to as “the moment of catastrophe”, which ironically does not preclude the inclusion of humour, playfulness, and even light-heartedness in his work.




21.8.2020 | 20:00
Costa Navarino

22.8.2020 | 21:00
Kalamata Main Square


Laura Aris and Álvaro Esteban perform in Greece for the first time with a duet that reflects on the natural sadness of broken things. A physical journey to the present, where we realize that the past does not come back, like the pieces of a puzzle that don’t fit like they used to. A delicate balance, when a word, a gesture, a snap, a shift, a casualty, a coincidence, or a simple whisper can tip the scale.

The performance Cualquier Mañana by Laura Aris and Álvaro Esteban will be presented at Costa Navarino on 21 August, day of the premiere of the 26th Kalamata Dance Festival, as part of the Festival’s collaboration with the Captain Vassilis and Carmen Konstantakopoulos Foundation, which aims to promote Messenia’s cultural heritage and contemporary cultural creation to international visitors.

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Created and performed by Laura Aris & Álvaro Esteban
Original music: Roger Marín
Thanks to: HKAPA – Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and Heidi Ehrhart for her help and dressmaking

The performance Cualquier Mañana by Laura Aris & Álvaro Esteban is presented at 26th Kalamata International Dance Festival with the support of Acción Cultural Española (AC/E) through the Programme for the Internationalisation of Spanish Culture (PICE), in the framework of the Mobility grants.



Laura Aris is a performer, choreographer, and acclaimed international dance teacher. She is currently working as an independent artist, developing her own creative practices, leading commissioned works, creating solo works and many collaborative performances. After working with Juan Carlos García/Lanònima Imperial Dance Company and General Electrica artistic collective in several productions by Tomás Aragay, she was a dancer at Ultima Vez/Wim Vandekeybus (Belgium) for a decade. She received the Lladró Award for Outstanding Dancer at the Festival Danza Valencia (Spain) in 1999. She is regularly invited as guest artist at festivals and art universities, such as ImPulsTanz (Austria), PARTS Performing Arts Research and Training Studios (Belgium), Deltebre Dansa (Spain), HKAPA (Hong Kong),Korea National University of Arts (South Korea), Institut del Teatre (Barcelona), and Atelier Transformation (Canada), among others.

Álvaro Esteban has a Bachelor of Science in Physical Activity and Sport (Polytechnic University of Madrid) and is also a graduate of the Spanish Royal Conservatory of Dance Mariemma (contemporary dance). After years of collaborating with different choreographers, artists, and companies (Trasdanza, Larumbe Danza, Tenerife Dance Lab, Galego Choreographic Center, Natxo Montero, Cisco Aznar, and Elias Aguirre), he is beginning to discover his personal movement, supported by self-awareness techniques and meditation, with an emphasis on a holistic development of awareness in a physical, emotional, and energetic sense. He is currently a member of the companies Cia.Daniel Abreu (Spain) and CocoonDance (Germany), and constantly looking forward to new projects.



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