© Phile Deprez

Nightshade brings together striptease and art. The production house Victoria invited seven icons of the contemporary performing arts, amongst whom Wim Vandekeybus, to choreograph a striptease act. They didn't work with their familiar dancers or actors, but with male and female professional striptease dancers. Two very different worlds – those of entertainment and of art – were combined in a show that brought the two genres face to face.

The intention of Nightshade is to present striptease in a clearly-defined artistic context and to examine it in the framework of contemporary performing arts conventions.