It’s going to get worse and worse and worse, my friend
A speech can be a mighty weapon. Throughout the centuries it has enthused countless masses and mobilized them into action, for better or worse. It has unleashed revolutions and fueled wars. Such is the power of words. Belgian-based choreographer and dancer Lisbeth Gruwez transforms a recorded speech by ultraconservative American televangelist Jimmy Swaggart into a disturbing gesture and dance form. Her body juggles with words, makes syllables, shouts, stammers, horrifies, and fascinates. The piece deals less with the direct meanings of words and phrases and more with the violence that can lie in the rhetorical strategies of someone in a trance-like state.
Dates + Tickets
Concept, choreography, + performance: Lisbeth Gruwez Composition, sound design, + assistance: Maarten Van Cauwenberghe Styling: Veronique Branquinho Artistic Adviser: Bart Meuleman Lighting Design: Harry Cole Light Assistance: Caroline Mathieu Production: Voetvolk vzw Diffusion: Key Performance Co-production: Grand Theater Groningen, Troubleyn/Jan Fabre, Theater Im Pumpenhaus and AndWhatBeside(s)Death. With the support of: Provincie West-Vlaanderen, Provincie Antwerpen + Vlaamse Gemeenschap. Thanks to: Tom de Weerdt