Lisbeth Gruwez / Voetvolk


Baring your teeth, your diaphragm twitching, a tremor driving you to tears: in its appropriation of the whole body, laughter borders on the violent. In AH|HA, choreographer and dancer Lisbeth Gruwez dissects this involuntary reflex and breaks it down into its component movements. Assembled into a ravelike, monotonous delirium, Gruwez creates a choreographic trip, an exploration of extasy. AH|HA is an estranging abstraction for five bizarrely dressed characters, which float from one state to the next, almost without volition. It is a behavioral study of human affects – anarchy defined by absolute control – scored to a suggestive soundtrack by composer Maarten Van Cauwenberghe. AH|HA is the first group piece created by Lisbeth Gruwez and Maarten van Cauwenberghe for their company Voetvolk in 2014.

Concept & Choreography: Lisbeth Gruwez

Composition, Sound Design & Assistance: Maarten Van Cauwenberghe

Styling: Catherine Van Bree

Artistic Advisor: Bart Meuleman

Light Design: Harry Cole & Caroline Mathieu

Performance: Colline Libon, Anne-Charlotte Bisoux, Vicente Arlandis Recuerda, Lucius Romeo-Fromm, Lisbeth Gruwez


Production: Voetvoelk vzw. Coproduction: Rencontres chorégraphiques internationales de Seine-Saint-Denis, Next Festival, Theater im Pumpenhaus, Théâtre d’Arras / Tandem Arras-Douai, Dampfzentrale, Le Triangle – Cité de la danse de Rennes, Théâtre La Bastille, Les Brigittines, AndWhatBeside(s)Death, MA scène nationale – Pays de Montbéliard, Troubleyn | Jan Fabre. Supported by: NONA, die Flämische Gemeinschaft / the Flemish Community, Provinz Antwerpen / Province of Antwerp, Arcadi Île-de-France / Dispositif d’accompagnements.


Photos: Luc Depreitere

Video: Voetvolk