After The Damned and Heroes Place, dance takes anxiety over at Avignon festival with rare and aestheticising performances.

Belgian choreographer Lisbeth Gruwez studied at Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker‘s P.A.R.T.S. and worked with Jan Fabre, with whom she’s created I am blood in 2001 in Avignon. In 2004, he made her drown in a flood of oil in the resounding solo Quando l’uomo principale è una donna. She comes back to Avignon this year with her creation We’re pretty far from ok.

In duet with Nicolas Vladyslav, who’s worked with Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui just like her, she is the embodiment of anxiety. Both their bodies move with absolute beauty, convulse, breathe, go into spasm and release without ever leaving their chairs.

Walled up in their internal agitation, they touch but can’t see each other. Deprived of desire, blind bodies clutch aimlessly.

As the train of terror goes by, sounds grounds us to our seats. We come out light and clean ; our fears have been drained out by the show.

It’s stiff and it’s sublime.

Illustration © Araso

We’re pretty far from ok, Festival d’Avignon 2016,
Choreography LISBETH GRUWEZ
Antwerp
Gymnase Paul Giéra, from July 18th to 24th at 18:30
Creation 2016, 1h