Picture: Luc Depreitere

Picture: Luc Depreitere

Picture: Luc Depreitere
Portrait Lisbeth Gruweth & Maarten Van Cauwenberghe
Picture: Luc Depreitere

Voetvolk / Lisbeth Gruwez


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 rave-like, monotonous delirium, Gruwez creates a choreographic trip, an exploration of ecstasy. "AH|HA" is an estranging abstraction for five bizarrely dressed charcters, which float from one state to the next, almost without volition. "AH|HA" 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 by the Belgian collective Voetvolk, which was founded in 2007 by the choreographer and dancer Lisbeth Gruwez and the composer and musician Maarten Van Cauwenberghe. The piece was developed during their residency at the Troubleyn/Laboratorium of the Belgian director and choreographer Jan Fabre.

At the festival

August 2016
Concept and Choreography Lisbeth Gruwez
Composition and Sound Design Maarten Van Cauwenberghe
With Mercedes Dassy, Anne Charlotte Bisoux, Lisbeth Gruwez, Vicente Arlandis Recuerda, Lucius Romeo Fromm
Stylist Catherine Van Bree
Artistic Advisor Bart Meuleman
Lighting Design Harry Cole
Lighting Assistant Caroline Mathieu
Production Management Liesbeth Stas
Production Voetvolk vzw
Coproduction Rencontres chorégraphiques internationales de Seine-Saint-Denis, Next Festival, Theater
Im Pumpenhaus, Théâtre d’Arras / TANDEM ARRAS-DOUAI, Dampfzentrale Bern, Le Triangle - scène conventionnée pour la danse-Rennes, Théâtre de La Bastille, Les Brigittines, AndWhatBeside(s)Death, MA Scène nationale – Pays de de Montbéliard and Troubleyn | Jan Fabre
With the support of NONA, Provincie Antwerpen and De Vlaamse Gemeenschap
International Distribution Key Performance Residenzen Troubleyn | Jan Fabre, KVS, Les Brigittines, BUDA Kortrijk

Duration 60 minutes