It's going to get worse and worse and worse, my friend
A speech can be a mighty weapon. Throughout the centuries it has enthused countless masses and galvanized them into action, for better or for worse. It has unleashed revolutions and fueled wars. Just by the power of words. But a speech does not only enthuse the hearers, often it also transposes the speaker into a state of trance. Then he loses himself in a stream of words, in an obsessive, ecstatic way of speaking. The power of a speech often depends on the trance of the speaker. In “It’s going to get worse and worse and worse, my friend” Lisbeth Gruwez dances the trance of that ecstatic speechifying. In the process, she takes advantage of fragments from a speech by the ultraconservative American televangelist Jimmy Swaggart. Initially the parlance is friendly and pacifying, but from his compulsive desire to persuade transpires growing despair. Eventually it exposes its deepest nature: violence.
- About Lisbeth Gruwez
Lisbeth Gruwez started classical ballet at the age of 6. She studied contemporary dance at P.A.R.T.S. from 1997 to 1998. She started her professional career with Ultima Vez in the Pasolini Project Of Heaven and Hell and Away From Sleeping Dogs with Iztock Kova. Since 1999 Lisbeth Gruwez has been working with Jan Fabre, performing in As Long As the World Needs a Warrior’s Soul, followed by Je suis sang, the production for the Cour d’Honneur in Avignon. In 2001 she starred in Pierre Coulibeuf’s film Les Guerriers de la beauté about Jan Fabre’s work. In 2002 she starred in Images of Affection for Needcompany/Jan Lauwers. A year later Lisbeth Gruwez worked with Grace Ellen Barkey in Few Things and Cry Me a River by Riina Saastamoinen. Still in 2003 she choreographed See-Sick, a Polydans production, and danced in Foi, a production by Les Ballets C. De la B./ Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui. In 2004 Jan Fabre created a solo for Lisbeth Gruwez: Quando l’uomo principale è una donna. She also participated in the installation Origine (2004), along with Peter Verhelst, and in Prayer of a weeping horse (2006), a creation by Andy Denys (Galothar). In 2008 Lisbeth Gruwez danced with Melanie Lane in I!2, a creation by Arco Renz. That year she also had a leading role in Lost Persons Area, a movie by Caroline Strubbe. This motion picture was nominated for the Cannes Film Festival. Finally she created also in 2008 her new performance Birth of Prey.
- About Maarten Van Cauwenberghe
Maarten Van Cauwenberghe started playing guitar at the age of 12. He went to the Jazzstudio in Antwerp, which he left to start playing as a musician and performer with Jan Fabre. Their first joint project was As Long As the World Needs a Warrior’s Soul. In 2001 Maarten Van Cauwenberghe composed the music for Je Suis Sang, a production for the Cour d’Honneur in Avignon. In 2004 he wrote the music for the dance solo Quando l’uomo principale è una donna with Lisbeth Gruwez. Besides his work with Jan Fabre, Maarten Van Cauwenberghe has also worked with the Rosas dancer, Julia Sugranyes – in the performance Redial 2 – and he composed the music for the dance performance Sens Acte Sans by Label Cedana (Cédric Charon and Annabelle Chambon). In 2003 he created the music for the Polydans production See-Sick. In 2006 Van Cauwenberghe and the dancer/choreographer Lisbeth Gruwez founded the non-profit organization Voetvolk for the purpose of producing their own dance performances. Their first production, Forever Overhead, premiered in January 2007.
Concept, choreography & dance: Lisbeth Gruwez. Composition, sounddesign & assistance: Maarten Van Cauwenberghe. Styling: Veronique Branquinho. Artistic Advisor: Bart Meuleman. Lightdesign: Harry Cole. Light Assistance: Caroline Mathieu Thanks to: Tom de Weerdt. Production: Voetvolk vzw. Coproduction: Grand Theater Groningen, Troubleyn/Jan Fabre, Theater Im Pumpenhaus and AndWhatBeside(s)Death. Diffusion: Key Performance. With the support of: Provincie West-Vlaanderen, Provincie Antwerpen & Vlaamse Gemeenschap.
- Its going to get worse and worse, my friend
- Lisbeth Gruwez
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