The Sea Within

“We are very good at taking things apart these days,
but we usually forget to piece them back together.”
(Lisbeth Gruwez)

Having finished her highly acclaimed ‘triptych of the ecstatic body’ – comprising It’s going to get worse and worse and worse, my friend, AH/HA and We’re pretty fuckin’ far from okay – Lisbeth Gruwez is changing course.

The eruptive choreographies that established her reputation are now making space for incessantly swirling magma. The Sea Within is a magnetising dance performance in which Gruwez no longer wants to order the chaos, but lets the chaos create or become its own order. Still just as sharp and intense, but no longer zooming in on individuals, she lets ten dancers dissolve in a grand, breathing landscape.

For the first time in her career Gruwez is not dancing her own choreography but selected a group of ten female dancers. Ten powerful lotus flowers that are symbols of connection. Together, they bring a new, contemporary ritual in which the ‘we’ embraces the ‘I’.

As usual, Maarten Van Cauwenberghe is writing the score to this performance, assisted by Elko Blijweert and Bjorn Eriksson. Minimalistic synths and a tingling game with frequencies push their electronic sound design to the bottom of your senses.


Concept and choreography: Lisbeth Gruwez
Music and sound design: Maarten Van Cauwenberghe, Elko Blijweert & Bjorn Eriksson
Performance: Ariadna Gironès Mata, Charlotte Petersen, Cherish Menzo, Dani Escarleth Pozo, Francesca Chiodi Latini, Jennifer Dubreuil, Natalia Pieczuro, Sarah Klenes, Sophia Mage & Wei-Wei Lee
Dramaturgy: Bart Meuleman
Repetitor: Lucius Romeo-Fromm
Light design: Harry Cole
Scenography: Marie Szersnovicz
Costumes: Alexandra Sebbag
Technical director: Thomas Glorieux
Production manager: Arnaud Vanrafelghem
Communication assistant: Daan Borloo
Production: Voetvolk vzw
Coproduction: Royal Flemish Theatre, Festival de Marseille / Théâtre Le Merlan, Rencontres Chorégraphiques Internationales de Seine-Saint-Denis, TANDEM Arras-Douai, Theater Freiburg, Le Fond du dotation du Quartz, La Rose des Vents, Theater Im Pumpenhaus, Julidans, Kunstfest Weimar, CNN Nantes, CDC Toulouse, Tanz im August / HAU Hebbel am Ufer Berlin, Vooruit / Campo, Charleroi Danses & Key Performance
Residencies: Troubleyn | Jan Fabre, Charleroi Danses, Arts Centre BUDA & Royal Flemish Theatre
With the support of: Arts Centre NONA, the Flemish Community, the Flemish Community Commission & the Belgian Tax Shelter