After Flamer – her dance duet with her brother Lander – dancer and choreographer Femke Gyselinck creates the musical dance performance Moving Ballads, in search of unprecedented relationships between pop music and contemporary dance, lyrics and lyricism, representation and imagination, choreography and improvisation.
Moving Ballads takes the word ‘ballad’ literally: in an etymological sense a danced song, moving lyricism. The winch is replaced by a battery of synthesizers, played by the four performers: three dancers, one pianist-composer. The latter, Hendrik Lasure, composed a ballad that musically and textually plays on Joni Mitchell’s whimsical and rich oeuvre. From that one song, the four performers present a series of variations, from strictly musical, to silent dancing.