Voetvolk/Lisbeth Gruwez

HORS TEMPS / Penelope


At the beginning, a silent, danced epilogue to conclude a twenty-four hour performance at KVS, the entire Odyssey performed by a choir of twenty-four men. It is about providing a feminine response and counterpoint to this virile fable, full of vengeance, war, and blood.

In what has become an autonomous solo, Lisbeth Gruwez thus embodies the sum of all the women who remained in the shadows of the Trojan War: Helen, the nymphs, the sirens, Calypso, Circe, and of course Penelope. Alone at centre stage, stimulated by the repetitive, hypnotic, enchanting score by Maarten Van Cauwenberghe, dressed in a long, black, undulating dress, and supported on her right foot, the dancer whirls and spins like a living top, thus expressing expectation, desire, lack, powerlessness, all the suffering of the feminine condition faced with this unavoidable scourge.

Evening made of 3 shows (with Les Beaux jours from Pierre Droulers and Vertèbre from Compagnie Michèle Noiret)

Choreography: Lisbeth Gruwez / Composition and assistance: Maarten Van Cauwenberghe / Performance: Lisbeth Gruwez / Light design: Harry Cole / Scenography: Marie Szersnovicz / Repetitor: Lucius Romeo-Fromm / Costume: Myriam Van Gucht.

Production: KVS & Voetvolk / With the support of: Vlaamse Gemeenschap, Vlaamse Gemeenschapscommissie.

Picture: Danny Willems.