Piano Works Debussy

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01 Nov '22

Piano Works Debussy

Voetvolk / Lisbeth Gruwez & Claire Chevallier
Piano Works Debussy
01 Nov '22
Voetvolk / Lisbeth Gruwez & Claire Chevallier

Piano Works Debussy is a duet between dancer Lisbeth Gruwez and pianist Claire Chevallier. Together they're in search of the space between the notes in the compositions of Claude Debussy, who fiddled around with the hegemony of rules.

Run time 50 minutes
Genre Dance
Language Language no problem

Piano Works Debussy


Their movements are suggestions rather than expressions, in line with Debussy’s search for ‘la musique immatérielle’. Rather than evoking a steadfast reality, Gruwez and Chevalier install an imagination behind the gauze of the material.

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For the first time in her career Gruwez is getting involved with classical music. After her formation in classical ballet she found freedom in contemporary dance, gradually developing a language of movement that's referential by now.

Lisbeth Gruwez about Piano Works Debussy

'Piano Works Debussy is an aquarelle. Think about the airiness of colours that flow in one another, dry for a while, and become moistened again to establish new connections. Debussy's music irrigates the dance and continually shakes up the material.'

REVIEWS

Charlotte De Somviele, De Standaard

'In Piano Works Debussy, Lisbeth Gruwez dances to classical music for the first time, here performed live by Claire Chevallier on a 1920s piano. This is at times so beautiful, it moves you to tears. The beautiful light design, the abstract decor, the flowing costumes: everything helps evoke a rich world of emotion. It renders this performance nothing short of an instant classic.'

Els Van Steenberghe, Knack Focus

'Piano Works Debussy is akin to bathing in warm water by the soft glow of candlelight. Lisbeth Gruwez mixes her experience as a ballet dancer, contemporary choreographer and woman with the soul of a liberated girl to Claude Debussy’s piano sounds performed by Claire Chevallier. Both ladies serve up a true masterpiece.'

Jan Dertaelen, De Morgen

'It is precisely this elusive magic that Gruwez and Chevalier manage to capture. They awaken a delicate rapture that grips you right to the end. An end that, by the way, comes far too soon, because you simply cannot get enough of this wonderful interplay between dance and music.'

CREDITS


choreography Lisbeth Gruwez
music Claude Debussy
performance Lisbeth Gruwez & Claire Chevallier
artistic assistance Maarten Van Cauwenberghe
dramaturgy Bart Meuleman
light design Stef Alleweireldt & Gilles Roosen
scenography Marie Szersnovicz
sound Alban Moraud & Maarten Van Cauwenberghe
technical director Gilles Roosen-|-
production manager Anita Boels
communication Sam Ecker
production Voetvolk vzw
coproduction KVS – Royal Flemish Theatre, Le Fonds de dotation du Quartz, Theater Freiburg, Klarafestival, ADC Genève, Vooruit Ghent, Liepaja concert hall Great Amber, Festival d’Avignon & MA scène nationale – Pays de Montbéliard
residencies KVS – Royal Flemish Theatre, Arts Centre NONA, Ultima Vez, Les Brigittines & Le Quartz
with the support of NONA, the Flemish Community & the Belgian Tax Shelter

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