'Music is the space between the notes' - Claude Debussy
Piano Works Debussy is a physical duet between choreographer Lisbeth Gruwez and pianist Claire Chevallier. Together they explore the spaces between the notes in Claude Debussy’s compositions, which challenged and rebelled against the structural rigidity of other composers.
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."
Piano Works Debussy is premiering in March 2020.
CHOREOGRAFIE / CHORÉGRAPHIE/ CHOREOGRAPHY Lisbeth Gruwez MUZIEK / MUSIQUE/ MUSIC Claude Debussy PERFORMANCE Lisbeth Gruwez & Claire Chevallier ARTISTIEKE ASSISTENTIE / ASSISTANCE ARTISTIQUE/ ARTISTICAL ASSISTANCE Maarten Van Cauwenberghe DRAMATURGIE / DRAMATURGIE/ DRAMATURGY Bart Meuleman LICHTONTWERP / CONCEPTION LUMIÈRES / LIGHTING DESIGN Stef Alleweireldt SCENOGRAFIE / SCÉNOGRAPHIE / SET DESIGN Marie Szersnovicz TECHNISCH DIRECTEUR / DIRECTEUR TECHNIQUE / TECHNICAL DIRECTION Gilles Roosen PRODUCTIELEIDER / DIRECTEUR PRODUCTION / PRODUCTION MANAGER Anita Boels COMMUNICATIE / COMMUNICATION Sam Ecker PRODUCTIE / PRODUCTION Voetvolk vzw COPRODUCTIE / COPRODUCTION KVS – Koninklijke Vlaamse Schouwburg, Le Fonds De Dotation Du Quartz, Theater Freiburg, Klarafestival, Adc Genève & Vooruit Gent RESIDENTIES / RÉSIDENCES/ RESIDENCIES KVS – Koninklijke Vlaamse Schouwburg, Kunstencentrum Buda & Troubleyn | Jan Fabre MET DE STEUN VAN / AVEC LE SOUTIEN DE / WITH THE SUPPORT OF nona, De Vlaamse Gemeenschap & De Vlaamse Gemeenschapscommissie, Tax Shelter of the Belgian Federal Government IN SAMENWERKING MET / EN COLLABORATION AVEC / IN COLLABORATION WITH Klarafestival