In Spite of Wishing and Wanting dates from 1999, when Vandekeybus’s talent had been crystalising for a decade. This is a choreography with different speeds that for the first time was made for the vital bodies of an entirely male cast. Desire is the central feeling that is externalised and depicted in various ways. In a fantastical universe, the dancers move between dreaming and waking, the physical and the magical, the wild and the elegant, fear and camaraderie, light and dark.
Whoever saw the original production will certainly remember scenes like the one with the poetic, platonic search for a suitable partner with orange halves (the Spanish word for soul mate means “half an orange”), or the one with falling feathers that incite the urge to fly. The dance sequences alternate with a short film by Vandekeybus based on a story by the Argentinian author Julio Cortázar. The soundtrack was written by none other than David Byrne, who himself approached Wim Vandekeybus after being overwhelmed by an earlier production that he had seen in New York. He completely identified with Vandekeybus’s “willingness to ignore all rules.” This restaging is of course the work of a completely new international cast of ten dancers.