The Sea Within

Lisbeth Gruwez & Maarten Van Cauwenberghe

Creation: 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 ten 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 ten female dancers. Ten 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.



The Sea Within won’t let go of you. – ****

by Mirjam van der Linden – De Volkskrant

The Sea Within already is dance performance of the year. – *****

by Magali Degrande – Het Nieuwsblad

Not one movement is fixed, and yet everything seems completely worked-out. Like a dynamical painting. (…) The Sea Within is a provisional peak in an unfolding body of work. – ****

by Filip Tielens – De Standaard

The Sea Within is a real and 100% female bomb of exceptional sensuality. The total commitment of the dancers, their ‘occupied’ bodies and their irradiant faces form a fascinating and magnetizing halo.

by Delphine Goater – Res Musica

The Sea Within is not trying to convince anyone of a certain ideology, nor is it deconstructing or installing a fixed image of women. Therefore it’s anything but just another drop in the ocean of choreographies.

by Thomas Hahn – Tanz