Piano Works Debussy

Lisbeth Gruwez & Claire Chevallier

Creation: 2020


“Music is the space between the notes”
– Claude Debussy


Piano Works Debussy is a duet between dancer Lisbeth Gruwez and pianist Claire Chevallier. Together they’re in search of the space between the notes in the compositions of Claude Debussy, who fiddled around with the hegemony of rules.

Their movements are suggestions rather than expressions, in line with Debussy’s search for ‘la musique immatérielle’. Rather than evoking a steadfast reality, Gruwez and Chevalier install an imagination behind the gauze of the material.

For the first time in her career Gruwez is getting involved with classical music. After her formation in classical ballet she found freedom in contemporary dance, gradually developing a language of movement that’s referential by now. In this respect, Piano Works Debussy is a unique dialogue between a classical and contemporary framework that somehow uncovers her choreographical trajectory.

Lisbeth Gruwez: “Piano Works Debussy is an aquarelle. Think about the airiness of colours that flow in one another, dry for a while, and become moistened again to establish new connections. Debussy’s music irrigates the dance and continually shakes up the material.”




Everything is allowed in this game between the dancer/choreographer Lisbeth Gruwez and the pianist Claire Chevallier, one excelling in the grace of her movements, the other in the virtuosity of her melodic lines. The two performers transgress codes and pay a brilliant tribute to the freshness and fantasy of Claude Debussy.”

– Thierry Delasser / Le Télégramme

“The dialogue between the dancer and the instrumentalist bathed entirely in a game of distance, the in-between, their reciprocal reverberation, at the heart of a scenography of sumptuous sobriety, doing full justice to this phrase of Debussy: ‘Music is the space between the notes’.”

– Gerard Mayen / Toute La Culture