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Lisbeth Gruwez

Voetvolk was founded in Belgium in 2007 by dancer/choreographer Lisbeth Gruwez and composer/musician Maarten Van Cauwenberghe. Their work is an ongoing conversation between bodily and auditory movement, and aims to achieve symbiosis between the aural and the visual/physical.



Born in 1977, Lisbeth Gruwez started doing classical ballet and then joined P.A.R.T.S. to study contemporary dance. In 1999 she started working with Troubleyn|Jan Fabre and performed in As long as the world needs a warrior's soul and Je suis sang. She rose to international fame with Quando l'uomo principale è una donna (2004), the solo Jan Fabre created specifically for (and with) her, well-known for its olive oil-drenched stage. She also collaborated with Ultima Vez, Jan Lauwers|Needcompany, Grace Ellen Barkey, Riina Saastamoinen and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui. She acted in Les Guerriers de la beauté (2002) Pierre Coulibeuf’s film on Jan Fabre’s work, and she also played the leading role in Lost Persons Area, Caroline Strubbe's first feature film which was selected for the Cannes Festival and for which she was awarded Best actress at the Flemish Movie Awards. In 2007 she founded Voetvolk with Maarten Van Cauwenberghe. Since then, they have produced ten shows both soli and group performances, including It's going to get worse and worse and worse, my friend (2012), Lisbeth Gruwez dances Bob Dylan (2015), and We’re pretty fuckin’ far from okay (2016).  She danced in videos for A Brand, Juliette and the Licks, Dirk Braeckman and MUGWUMP. She is also one of the "KVS faces", the open ensemble of artists and thinkers associated with the Royal Flemish Theatre of Brussels, and is associated with Troubleyn|Jan Fabre and the Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp as 'company-in-residence'.

Édition 2018

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