The Sea Within [2018]


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Having finished her highly acclaimed ‘triptych of the ecstatic body’ – comprising It’s going to get worse and worse and worse, my friend, AH/HA and We’re pretty fuckin’ far from okay – Lisbeth Gruwez is changing course.

 

The eruptive choreographies that established her reputation are now making space for incessantly swirling magma. The Sea Within is a magnetising dance performance in which Gruwez no longer wants to order the chaos, but lets the chaos create or become its own order. Still just as sharp and intense, but no longer zooming in on individuals, she lets eleven dancers dissolve in a grand, breathing landscape.

 

For the first time in her career Gruwez is not dancing her own choreography but selected a group of eleven female dancers. Eleven powerful lotus flowers that are symbols of connection. Together, they bring a new, contemporary ritual in which the ‘we’ embraces the ‘I’.

 

As usual, Maarten Van Cauwenberghe is writing the score to this performance, assisted by Elko Blijweert and Bjorn Eriksson. Minimalistic synths and a tingling game with frequencies push their electronic sound design to the bottom of your senses. 

 

Concept and choreography 

Lisbeth Gruwez

 

Music

Maarten Van Cauwenberghe, Elko Blijweert & Bjorn Eriksson

 

Performance

TBC

 

Dramaturgy

Bart Meuleman

 

Repetitor

Lucius Romeo-Fromm

 

Light design 

Harry Cole

 

Scenography

Marie Szersnovicz

 

Costumes

Alexandra Sebbag

 

Technical director

Thomas Glorieux

 

Production manager

Arnaud Vanrafelghem

 

Communication assistant

Daan Borloo

 

Production

Voetvolk vzw

 

Coproduction

KVS, Festival de Marseille / Théâtre Le Merlan, Rencontres Chorégraphiques Internationales de Seine-Saint-Denis, TANDEM Arras-Douai, Theater Freiburg, Le Fond du dotation du Quartz, Theater Im Pumpenhaus, Julidans, Kunstfest Weimar, CNN Nantes, CDC Toulouse, Tanz im August, Vooruit / Campo, Charleroi Danses & Key Performance

 

Residencies

Troubleyn | Jan Fabre, Charleroi Danses, Arts Centre BUDA, STUK & KVS

 

With the support of

NONA, the Flemish Community & the Flemish Community Commission

 

Voetvolk is allied to Troubleyn | Jan Fabre and the Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp as 'company-in-residence'.

Voetvolk is 'artiste associé' of Le Quartz - Scène Nationale de Brest.

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