Moya Michael and Lisbeth Gruwez at Theaterfestival(s)
Brilliant news from Antwerp for KVS faces Moya Michael and Lisbeth Gruwez. Both artists have been selected for the Theaterfestival, which takes place in Antwerp from 2 to 12 September. Moya Michael will present her creation Coloured Swan 3: Harriet's reMix, while Lisbeth Gruwez will perform Piano Works Debussy with the brilliant pianist Claire Chevallier. Coloured Swan 3: Harriet's reMix is being lauded twice, because the jury of the Dutch Theaterfestival also considered the creation among the best the cultural landscape had to offer in 2020. We couldn’t be prouder of our faces!
Moya Michael/ Kosmonaut & KVS
Theater Bellevue (Amsterdam)
Mon 6 Sep 20:30 - 21:30
De Singel (Theaterstudio)
Fri 10 & Sat 11 Sept 20:00 - 21:00
In her series Coloured Swans, Michael questions how the various identities imposed upon us influence our bodies and how we move, speak, sing. Michael invites artists from various disciplines and backgrounds to join her on this quest and to share their personal stories. Each encounter leads to a solo performance created for and with the artist. Together they make up the various ‘swans’, in all their diversity, in one overarching, ever-evolving creation. A hybrid mix of dance, theatre, music and visuals, just as mixed as the makers themselves. After the first Coloured Swan (KhoiSwan) and the second (Eldorado) came Harriets reMix, which has now won a place at the Theaterfestival.
For this piece, Moya collaborates with four young creatives – Loucka Fiagan, Oscar Cassamajor, Milo Slayers and Zen Jefferson – and investigates the future in relation to the past and the present. These young performers represent the future, carrying with them visions of hope and alternative worlds, while also maintaining a dialogue with their ancestors. The performance also questions form and theatre. The entire piece is set in a space with continuously changing borders, allowing the performers to use the space in any way they want.
"Coloured Swan 3 is a performance you need to understand with your body and your intuition. Those who are open to such an experience will be immersed in a colourful universe full of dance, poetry and visual storytelling, at the crossroads between the West-European and Sub-Saharan African cultures, between past and future, mythology and Afrofuturism, spirituality and technology.”– Jury report '21
Lisbeth Gruwez & Claire Chevallier/ Voetvolk & KVS
De Singel (Rode Zaal)
Wed 08, Thu 09 & Fri 10 Sep 20:00 - 21:00
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 rigid reality, Gruwez and Chevallier let the imagination run its free course.
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.
“Delight: we had nearly forgotten about it on our stages, but it’s still ever so infectious. It makes Piano Works Debussy an enchanting hour of sound and movement that will leave you speechless.” – Jury report '21