Piano Works Debussy

Voetvolk / Lisbeth Gruwez & Claire Chevallier

Piano Works Debussy

Voetvolk / Lisbeth Gruwez & Claire Chevallier


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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.

location Rabozaal
starts at 20:00
duration tbc
language no problem
world première 26 maart KVS Brussel
Dutch première 2 mei Amsterdam

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.

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. In this respect, Piano Works Debussy is a unique dialogue between a classical and contemporary framework that somehow uncovers her choreographical trajectory.

Lisbeth Gruwez: '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.'


choreography Lisbeth Gruwez
musicClaude Debussy
performanceLisbeth Gruwez & Claire Chevallier
artistic assistance Maarten Van Cauwenberghe
dramaturgyBart Meuleman
light designStef Alleweireldt
scenographyMarie Szersnovicz
sound Alban Moraud & Maarten Van Cauwenberghe
technical directorGilles Roosen
productional managerAnita Boels
communicationSam Ecker
productionVoetvolk vzw
coproductionKVS – 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
residenciesKVS – Royal Flemish Theatre, Arts Centre NONA, Ultima Vez, Les Brigittines & Le Quartz
with the support of NONA, the Flemish Community & the Belgian Tax Shelter

Lisbeth Gruwez & Claire Chevallier

Lisbeth Gruwez studied at the Royal Ballet School of Antwerp and at P.A.R.T.S., kicking off her professional career at Ultima Vez in The Day of Heaven and Hell, a project on Pasolini. From 1999 onwards she worked with Jan Fabre on performances such as As long as the world needs a warrior’s soul, Je suis sang and the famous solo Quando l’uomo principale è una donna.

Being one of Fabre's guerriers de la beauté (‘warriors of beauty') she was to be seen in Pierre Coulibeuf's film of the same name. Apart from that, she's worked with Jan Lauwers, Grace Ellen Barkey, Riina Saastamoinen, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Peter Verhelst, amongst others. She also played the leading role in Lost Persons Area, Caroline Strubbe's first feature film.

Apart from her work for Voetvolk, Lisbeth regularly conducts workshops and other types of artistic advisory and coaching. She is one of the “KVS faces”, the open ensemble of artists and thinkers associated with the Royal Flemish Theatre of Brussels.

About Claire Chevallier

Claire Chevallier is a celebrated pianist of solo recitals, chamber concerts and concerts with orchestra. She is world-renowned for her performances and recordings. Claire is specialized in historically informed performance: she re-actualizes music on old instruments. She also has her own collection of historical pianos, consisting of six grand pianos from the period 1840-1920.

Claire teaches at the 'Conservatoire Royal de Bruxelles' and served on the panel of judges for the Liszt Concours in Utrecht and the International Chopin Competition of Warschau, amongst others. She's an expert of the works of French composers as Ravel, Debussy, Satie, Poulenc… Her recording of Ravel's Concerto pour la main gauche (together with Anima Eterna) is still a landmark in the world of classical music.

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