Having produced two solo works, Lisbeth Gruwez wanted to create a group piece in which she could use dance as a visual language. HeroNeroZero is a project involving one musician and two dancers (including Gruwez herself) and will premiere on the 22nd September, 2010, in Kortrijk, Belgium.

HeroNeroZero analyses how the body disintegrates in time, leaving memories behind, and sometimes just a footprint of life. Human beings pursue success and search constantly for more, bigger and better. They search for meaning and are always on the look-out for signs that confirm their existence and significance.

We offer resistance and we fight, sometimes we’re heroic, sometimes humiliated, always hunted down by the fear that we might disappear into oblivion.

Let everything that has been planned come true.
Let them believe
and let them have a laugh at there passions.
Because what they call passion,
actually is not some emotional energy,
but just the friction
between their souls and the outside world.

And most important,
let them believe in themselves.
Let them be helpless like children,
because weakness is a great thing
and strength is nothing.

When a man is born,
he’s weak and flexible,
when he dies, he is hard and insensitive.
When a tree is growing,
it’s tender and pliant,
but when it’s dry and hard, it dies.

Hardness and strength are death’s companions,
pliancy and weakness are expressions of the freshness of being.
Because what was hardened will never win.

“Stalker”, Andrei Tarkovsky


CONCEPT Lisbeth Gruwez

DANCE & PERFORMANCE Lisbeth Gruwez, Rob Fordeyn and Maarten Van Cauwenberghe

DRAMATURGY Bart Van den Eynde

MUSIC Maarten Van Cauwenberghe

LIGHT Koen Raes

SOUND Jan Stoop

PRODUCTION Voetvolk vzw

COPRODUCERS Buda kunstencentrum and Troubleyn-Jan Fabre

WITH THE SUPPORT OF de provincie West-Vlaanderen and Stad Antwerpen