We’re pretty fuckin’ far from okay

We’re pretty fuckin’ far from okay is the third (and last) installment of Voetvolk | Lisbeth Gruwez’ ‘triptych of the ecstatic body’, after It’s going to get worse and worse and worse, my friend (2012) and AH/HA (2014): performances that gained great (international) recognition.

The basic principle of the show is the concrete physiological impact of fear. In We’re pretty fuckin’ far from okay, fear is studied as a biological phenomenon, not as a socio-cultural sensation. Not as acquired behaviour, but as evolutionary developed answer to the question “to fight, flight or freeze?” In We’re pretty fuckin’ far from okay ‘nature’ beats ‘nurture’ – although they are sometimes each other’s nursing enemies.

Performers Lisbeth Gruwez and Wannes Labath zoom in on what fear does to a body: they incorporate the haunted look, the accelerated heart rate, the shallow breathing. According to them, fear is a body in trance, reduced to its instincts.

In his turn, Maarten Van Cauwenberghe uses the unstable breathing patterns as the foundation of his soundscape, creating suspense as well as restfulness – not uncommonly at the very same time.


Concept & choreography: Lisbeth Gruwez

Composition, sound design & assistance: Maarten Van Cauwenberghe

Performance: Lisbeth Gruwez & Wannes Labath

Dramaturgy: Bart Van den Eynde

Repetitor: Lucius Romeo-Fromm

Light design: Harry Cole & Caroline Mathieu

Technical director: Thomas Glorieux

Scenography: Marie Szersnovicz, Lisbeth Gruwez & Maarten Van Cauwenberghe

Costume design: Alexandra Sebbag

Styling: Lisbeth Gruwez

Production & tour manager: Arnaud Vanrafelghem

Communication assistant: Daan Borloo

Production: Voetvolk vzw

Coproduction: Festival d’Avignon, La Bâtie – Festival de Genève, the Royal Flemish Theatre, Le Phare – Centre Choregraphique National du Havre Normandie, Theater Im Pumpenhaus, Les Brigittines, TANDEM Arras-Douai, Weimar Kunstfest, Julidans, MA Scène Nationale – Pays de Montbéliard & Troubleyn|Jan Fabre.

Residencies: Troubleyn|Jan Fabre, Arts Centre BUDA, STUK & Les Brigittines

Supported by: kc NONA, the Flemish Government & the Flemish Community Commission