Voetvolk detonate a dance-energy-bomb

Voetvolk: Into the Open (2022)

What does the urge to party look and sound like? Into the Open is a music and movement piece by Belgian contemporary dance/performance company Voetvolk.

They have taken the most full-on, disorienting elements and altered states from the modern dancefloor and thrown them all together into the ultimate trance dance experience. Grotesque, absurd and compelling, it’s nevertheless a joyous show that has been describe as an ‘LSD trip from heaven’.

On stage, the band Dendermonde whip up a long, repetitive, evolving groove reminiscent of classic krautrock from Can or Neu!, crossed with The Chemical Brothers’ high voltage beats. At the same time, seven performers embody the groove and spur each other on to share the energy of the music. The wild party atmosphere they generate has been described as ‘definitely a horny performance’.

Voetvolk was founded in 2007 by choreographer Lisbeth Gruwez and musician/composer Maarten van Cauwenberghe. They have created more than 10 performance pieces including The Sea Within at Dansens hus, Oslo, in 2018.

Photo: Danny Willems.

Photo: Danny Willems.

Photo: Danny Willems.

Photo: Danny Willems.

Concept

Lisbeth Gruwez & Maarten Van Cauwenberghe

Choreography

Lisbeth Gruwez & performers

Performers

Wei-Wei Lee, Celine Werkhoven, Artemis Stavridi, Misha Demoustier, Maarten Van Cauwenberghe, Frederik Heuvinck & Elko Blijweert

Music

Dendermonde

Director

Bart Meuleman

Repetitor

Francesca Chiodi Latini

Lighting design

Yann Windey

Costumes

Jean-Paul Lespagnard in collaboration with Muriel Kunkel & Marcelo Chaviro

Sound

Bart Van Immerseel

Technician

Kevin Deckers

Production

Kato Wilms & Rhuwe Verrept

In collaboration with

KVS – Royal Flemish Theatre, AB – Ancienne Belgique, Theater Im Pumpenhaus, Dansens Hus Oslo & Vooruit Ghent

Supported by

NONA, the Flemish Community, the Flemish Community Commission (VGC) & the Belgian Tax Shelter