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What The Body Does Not Remember - Ultima Vez. Image: Danny Willems

Premiering in 1987, Wim Vandekeybus s What the Body Does Not Remember caused a sensation in the world of dance with its intense atmosphere and high octane physicality. It was so well received in New York that year it garnered a prestigious Bessie Award - unusual for a debut piece of choreography - for Vandekeybus and composers Thierry de Mey and Peter Vermeersch.

What the Body Does Not Remember, Vandekeybus first piece of choreography for Ultima Vez, is neither polite dance nor pleasant shapes to pretty music. It balances on the razor edge of attraction and repulsion. The dancers are driven to act and react at high speed, and with split second timing, to both each other and to the music and where its moments of humour thread through explosions of aggression, fear and danger in an adrenaline-fuelled performance, played out on a combative landscape.

28 years on and with a new cast, this iconic piece of physical theatre, remains one of the most exciting pieces of dance ever made.

The is the first time Sherman Theatre will be presenting a piece of dance at the Dance House, home to the National Dance Company Wales.

Ultima Vez s What the Body Does Not Remember will be presented by the Sherman at the Dance House, Wales Millennium Centre on 20 & 21 April. For further details and tickets please contact Sherman Theatre on 029 2064 6900 / www.shermancymru.co.uk

You can get a flavour of What The Body Does Not Remember here