Lisbeth Gruwez Voetvolk & Mark Vernon

Lisbeth Gruwez

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"The way this subject-matter is being transposed into dance is so impressive that you walk away with a swirly head and eyes gleaming with wonder. Marvellous!"

Els Van Steenberghe, KNACK

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Lisbeth Gruwez | Voetvolk

It’s going to get worse and worse and worse, my friend.


​This dance recital explores the importance of speech. A speech can be a mighty weapon. It has unleashed revolutions and fuelled 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.

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.  


Mark Vernon
Data for the Doubtful

For Data for the Doubtful Mark Vernon he will be joined by Barry Burns to present a live radiophonic mix constructed from interviews with a range of people about their dreams and sleeping habits, readings from Burns' longstanding dream diary and accompanying sound effects and music. This ‘dreamscape’ will explore the internal space of the subconscious and the logic of dreams. The results will be something more akin to an unconventional radio play than a traditional musical performance. 


Sounds, Voices and the Parliament

A sound work entitled Sounds, Voices and the Parliament will be performed. This was created in the Scottish Parliament at a recent workshop by Zoë Irvine, Pippa Murphy and participants exploring ideas of political oratory, voices, inflections and phonemes in the context of the parliament building. Sounds, Voices and the Parliament  is the first outcome from their residency where they are creating sound works inspired by daily life in the parliament building.

For more information about their residency and the resulting work please contact: