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Nomadics – creation tour 

Lisbeth Gruwez & Maarten Van Cauwenberghe
2023

23 Flemish cultural centers are supporting us in what we call the Nomadics creation tour. Before the actual world premiere of Nomadics, on July 15 in Amsterdam, we will walk from one cultural center to the next and perform a try-out of Nomadics in each of those. And what’s more: we invite our audience to walk with us before seeing the show! Between May 6 and June 17 we will walk from Maasmechelen to Ypres and via Ostend and Bruges back to Mechelen, each time followed by an evolving performance. Get ready to gain insight into Voetvolk’s creative process, meet the the dance crew and witness a unique presentation. The Nomadics creation tour: an adventure in more ways than one…

In Nomadics eight dancers explore how to lend a voice to nature. It is the place par excellence to unwind, but what do we give back? The performers depict how nature looks back at man and suffers their footsteps. They embody how she reclaims her place and retaliates. This is done from an inadequate – because human – but also infectious and whimsical imagination.

Nomadics allows dancers to become a (passing) raging landscape. Sometimes they are tree, sometimes they are grass. Sometimes they are rock or human. This constant transformation results in beauty as well as friction: there is tension in the air. But as physics shows us: friction eventually leads to warmth, deceleration or change. Or again: through the struggle, the dancers in Nomadics seek connection, both with nature and with each other.   

In the process, music is in strong symbiosis with dance, as always at Voetvolk. Maarten Van Cauwenberghe has recorded sounds during walks – footsteps, water, wind in the trees, highways… – and has turned them into environmental techno.

Before the show, the dancers take a kilometres-long walk, along with anyone from the audience who feels like joining them. The dancers appear at an agreed place and time and pick them up for a walk that is all about looking, experiencing and connecting with the landscape. From the stimuli and noise of the city to the tranquillity of the country. And back to the hustle and bustle. They end on stage, where the paths separate again, and the performance can begin. But the experience of the journey returns in intensified form.

 

 

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CHOREOGRAPHY
Lisbeth Gruwez

MUSIC 
Maarten Van Cauwenberghe

PERFORMANCE 
Antoni Androulakis, Simon Arson, Tim Bogaerts, Francesca Chiodi Latini, Lucie Domenach, Raoul Riva, Valeria Saija, Artemis Stavridi

DRAMATURGY
Bart Meuleman

LIGHT DESIGN 
Jan Maertens 

COSTUME DESIGN 
Eli Verkeyn

REPETITOR
Francesca Chiodi Latini

INTERNS 
Victoria Rose Roy & Emma Meerschaert 

PRODUCTION
Voetvolk vzw

COPRODUCTION
KVS – Royal Flemish Theatre, 
Perpodium, Julidans, Theater Freiburg & Charleroi Danse

RESIDENCIES

kunstencentrum Nona, BUDA, Charleroi Danse, Voetvolk Atelier Rubigny 

WITH THE SUPPORT OF
The Flemish Community & the Belgian Tax Shelter via Mohow 

 

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