(c) Luc Depreitere

Baring your teeth, your diaphragm twitching, a tremor driving you to tears: in its appropriation of the whole body, laughter borders on the violent. In “AH | HA”,  choreographer and dancer Lisbeth Gruwez dissects this involuntary reflex and breaks it down into its component movements. Assembled into a ravelike, monotonous delirium, Gruwez, whose diverse work is the focus of this year’s Tanzfestival Rhein-Main, creates a choreographic trip, an exploration of ecstasy. “AH | HA” is an estranging abstraction for five bizarrely dressed characters, which float from one state to the next, almost without volition. “AH | HA” is a behavioral study of human affects – anarchy defined by absolute control – scored to a suggestive soundtrack by composer Maarten Van Cauwenberghe. “AH | HA” is the first group piece by the Belgian collective Voetvolk, which was founded in 2007 by the choreographer and dancer Lisbeth Gruwez and the composer and musician Maarten Van Cauwenberghe.

Duration: 55 min.