Blood on the Dance Floor
Choreographer-filmmaker Wim Vandekeybus was not the first to explore dance as extreme sport or use his dancers' bodies as emotional and physical battlefields. But in 1987, his What the Body Does Not Remember for the Belgium-based Ultima Vez kicked those concepts up so many notches it was dubbed "Eurocrash." A year later, the New York premiere of the show won the coveted Bessie Award for Vandekeybus and composers Thierry de Mey and Peter Vermeersch, setting a high bar for what would become known as hyperdance. Twenty-five years later, Vandekeybus has a new cast of dancers as Ultima Vez takes that watershed work on a world tour. Will the stylized combat, running, wrestling and groping of What the Body Does Not Remember look dated? Or has it just taken 25 years for the rest of the world to catch up? Royce Hall, UCLA, 340 Royce Drive, Wstwd.; Fri.-Sat., March 15-16, 8 p.m.; $20-$55. cap.ucla.edu.
March 15-16, 8 p.m., 2013
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