In ceating this piece, Wim Vandekeybos worked in close collaboration with composer David Byrne and with an all- male company. Vandekeybus says In Spite of Wishing and Wanting “is about how it is impossible to explain your deepest wish or desire...But in your dream and sleep, your deepest wishes and fears can be expressed.” Vandekeybus’ style in known for its high adrenaline and genuine sense of jeopardy, with a dance vocabulary drawn from everyday movement, These elements are all contained in this video that also marks a new departure for Vandekeybus in its exploration of the different tensions, responses, emotions and energy generated by a single- sex cast. Poetic and passionate, In Spite of Wishing and Wanting is a powerfull and moving mix of movement, music, symbol, words and silence, which culminates in a closing sequence that makes an unforgettable impact: the dancers, prone on the floor, exhaut themselves in their attemps to free themselves from gravity. Realising your desires may not happen: effort and hope are what count.


Title In Spite Of Wishing And Wanting
Status Completed
Category Experimental
Year 2001


Editing Rudy Maerten
Music David Byrne
Released 2001

Technical specs

Running time film 50
Release format Digital Betacam
Aspect ratio 16: 9


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Last edited on 18 November 2011

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Director Wim Vandekeybus

Ultima Vez

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