The Sea Within [2018]


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



Maarten Van Cauwenberghe, Elko Blijweert & Bjorn Eriksson






Bart Meuleman



Lucius Romeo-Fromm


Light design 

Harry Cole



Marie Szersnovicz



Alexandra Sebbag


Technical director

Thomas Glorieux


Production manager

Arnaud Vanrafelghem


Communication assistant

Daan Borloo



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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



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


With the support of

NONA, the Flemish Community, the Flemish Community Commission & the Belgian Tax Shelter


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.