It’s going to get worse and worse and worse, my friend
concept, choreography and dance Lisbeth Gruwez
composition, sound design and assistance Maarten Van Cauwenberghe
styling Veronique Branquinho
artistic advisor Bart Meuleman
light design Harry Cole
light assistance Caroline Mathieu
thanks to Tom de Weerdt
coproduction Grand Theater Groningen, Troublyen / Jan Fabre and Theater Im Pumpenhaus
diffusion Key Performance
supported by Provincie West-Vlaanderen & Vlaamse Gemeenschap
Running time 50’
A speech can be a mighty weapon. Throughout the centuries it has enthused countless masses and galvanized them into action, for better or for worse. It has unleashed revolutions and fueled wars. Just by the power of words. But a speech does not only enthuse the hearers, often it also transposes the speaker into a state of trance. Then he loses himself in a stream of words, in an obsessive, ecstatic way of speaking. The power of a speech often depends on the trance of the speaker.
In It's going to get worse and worse and worse, my friend Lisbeth Gruwez dances the trance of that ecstatic speechifying. In the process, she takes advantage of fragments from a speech by the ultraconservative American televangelist Jimmy Swaggart.
Initially the parlance is friendly and pacifying, but from his compulsive desire to persuade transpires growing despair. Eventually it exposes its deepest nature: violence.
Lisbeth Gruwez (Kortrijk, Belgium 1977) started classical ballet at the age of 6 and in 1991 she was admitted at the Stedelijk Instituut voor Ballet in Antwerp where she could combine a professional dance education with high school. Afterwards she studied contemporary dance at P.A.R.T.S.
She started her professional career with Ultima Vez, in the Pasolini Project Of Heaven and Hell and Away From Sleeping Dogs with Iztock Kova. Since 1999 Lisbeth Gruwez has been working with Jan Fabre, performing in As Long As the World Needs a Warrior's Soul followed by Je suis sang, the production for the Cour d'Honneur in Avignon. In 2001 she starred in Pierre Coulibeuf's film Les Guerriers de la beauté about Jan Fabre's work. In 2002 she starred in Images of Affection for Need company|Jan Lauwers. A year later Lisbeth worked with Grace Ellen Barkey in Few Things and Cry Me a River by Riina Saastamoinen. Still in 2003 she danced in Foi, which was a production by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui. In 2004 Jan Fabre created for and with her Quando l'uomo principale č una donna. She also participated in the installation Origine along with Peter Verhelst.
Together with Maarten Van Cauwenberghe she founded Voetvolk in 2006 and in 2007 they premičred with their first creation Forever Overhead. In 2008 Lisbeth danced with Melanie Lane in I!2, a creation by Arco Renz. That year she also had a leading role in Lost Persons Area, a movie by Caroline Strubbe. This motion picture was nominated for the Cannes Film festival and for her role she was nominated as Best Female Actress at the Flemisch Movie Awards. Again in 2008 she created Birth of Prey, a performance which is still touring. In 2009 she choreographed and danced together with Juliette Lewis in a videoclip for her band Juliette & the Licks. In 2010 Lisbeth created her first group performance HeroNeroZero and played the leading roll in a short movie by Silvia Defranc. In 2011 she created the performances L'Origine and It's going to get worse and worse and worse, my friend which is currently on tour.