Spotlight Lisbeth Gruwez / Voetvolk


“You could call me a dealer in energy, an eternally moving mass. I believe one can communicate differently by dancing than by words.” As Spotlight artist, Lisbeth Gruwez is at the center of this year’s Tanzfestival Rhein-Main. The choreographer, born in 1977, belongs to the most prominent figures in a young generation of artists in Belgium who combine the physical intensity of their precursors such as Wim Vandekeybus, Jan Fabre und Jan Lauwers (with whom Gruwez worked as a dancer) with delicate conceptual questions in vibrantly energetic and precise choreographies. In her pieces, Gruwez dissects the physical resonances of the human psyche and reveals hidden rhythms. In this process, the musician and composer Maarten Van Cauwenberghe is an important partner – he is also the co-director of the dance company Voetvolk, which was founded in 2007. Gruwez and Van Cauwenberghe’s cooperation is a continual dialogue between physical and auditory movement. Full of experimental joy, the duo seeks new connections: not just between the audible and visible, but also beyond predefined genre borders. Three presentations of pieces, a video installation and a workshop offer the unique opportunity to discover the multi-layered work of this unusual artist and her work partner at the Tanzfestival Rhein-Main 2019.