Production Language English
Country of Origin Belgium
Description Belgian dance theater collective Peeping Tom makes its BAM debut with 32 rue Vandenbranden, winner of Britain’s prestigious Olivier Award for best dance performance in 2015. The work is a hyperreal collision of jaw-dropping physicality, cinematic realization, and macabre slapstick. Under a wide-open sky, inhabitants of an isolated mountain-top community grapple with a blurred reality and their visceral responses to an inescapable loneliness. Six performers contort, bend, jerk, and levitate in dizzying scenes of hypnotic movement to the sound of an unsettling soundtrack, including Bellini, Stravinsky, and Pink Floyd. When the boundary between reality and imagination blurs, the characters lose themselves in a haunting world where humanity and humor punctuate their isolation. 32 rue Vandenbranden is inspired by the film The Ballad of Narayama by Shohei Imamura, which depicts the legendary traditions of a remote Japanese village community where the elderly are sent away to die on Mount Narayama. The production features performers Jos Baker, Eurudike De Beul, Marie Gyselbrecht, Hun-Mok Jung, Maria Carolina Vieira (before : Sabine Molenaar), and Seoljin Kim.