We’re pretty fuckin’ far from okay
We're pretty fuckin' far from okay is the third (and last) installment of Voetvolk|Lisbeth Gruwez' 'triptych on the ecstatic body', after It's going to get worse and worse and worse, my friend (2012) and AH/HA (2014): performances that gained great (international) recognition.
The basic principle of the show is the concrete physiological impact of fear. In We're pretty fuckin' far from okay, fear is studied as a biological phenomenon, not as a socio-cultural sensation. Not as acquired behaviour, but as evolutionary developed answer to the question "to fight, flight or freeze?" In We're pretty fuckin' far from okay 'nature' beats 'nurture' - although they are sometimes each other's nursing enemies.
Performers Lisbeth Gruwez and Nicolas Vladyslav zoom in on what fear does to a body: they incorporate the haunted look, the accelerated heart rate, the shallow breathing. According to them, fear is a body in trance, reduced to its instincts.
In his turn, Maarten Van Cauwenberghe uses the unstable breathing patterns as the foundation of his soundscape, creating suspense as well as restfulness - not uncommonly at the very same time.