The MAC and Belfast Film Festival presents a short series of dance related films.

Director, Wim Vandekeybus’ style is 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 – an 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 powerful 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, exhaust themselves in their attempts to free themselves from gravity.

In creating this piece, Wim Vandekeybus worked in close collaboration with composer David Byrne, primarily known as co-founder of the Talking Heads, and with an all-male company.