photo by Siska Vandecasteele

Voetvolk (Dutch for ‘infantry’) is a Belgian contemporary dance and performance company founded in 2007 by dancer/choreographer Lisbeth Gruwez and musician/composer Maarten Van Cauwenberghe. Together they’ve created more than 10 productions already, e.g. It’s going to get worse and worse and worse, my friend (2012), AH/HA (2014), Lisbeth Gruwez dances Bob Dylan (2015), We’re pretty fuckin’ far from okay (2016), The Sea Within (2018), Piano Works Debussy (2020) and Into The Open (2022)

Their work is an ongoing conversation between corporal and auditive movement: Gruwez and Van Cauwenberghe direct each other in order to achieve an organic symbiosis within a fixed frame. This brings in the element of performance that identifies every production: the connection between the aural and the visual/physical is always (a)live. The last few years Voetvolk has taken an interest in looking for new ways to engage with (new) audiences. Through Lisbeth Gruwez dances Bob Dylan, and Into the Open Voetvolk succeeded to bring music lovers into contact with contemporary dance. Nomadics, Voetvolk’s latest creation, invites people to undergo long hikes with Gruwez and the dance crew before watching the show, as a way to connect with the audience.