Jan Martens / GRIP



Due to a number of COVID infections within the company, the performance any attempt ... cannot take place. The performance is replaced by the solo ELISABETH GETS HER WAY by Jan Martens. All tickets stay valid for the new programme, but refunds are possible as well. All ticket holders will be contacted directly. Please find more info on ELISABETH GETS HER WAY below.

TRIGGER WARNING : This performance uses strobe lights.


The new solo created and performed by Jan Martens will be a danced portrait of the Polish-born Elisabeth Chojnacka (1939–2017), an exceptionally talented and passionate musician who contributed to the revival of harpsichord music in the middle of the twentieth century.

While in 1968 the Paris student revolt challenged old ideals, Chojnacka discovered avant-garde composers such as François-Bernard Mâche and began to play more regularly the few contemporary works for harpsichord, in addition to the classical pieces that were always part of her repertoire. In part thanks to her talent and perseverance, a number of composers (Ligeti, Xenakis, Ferrari, Berio, Halffter, etc.) wrote new work for the harpsichord in the 1970s and 1980s. These were often dedicated to Chojnacka.

ELISABETH GETS HER WAY wants to pay tribute to this exceptional woman. The solo will be a danced portrait with a wide-ranging soundtrack, consisting of a selection of the music she recorded in her fifty-year career: from Nyman to Montague via Ligeti, all performed by Chojnacka. The objective is to keep the dance close to the sometimes complex scores. Martens ‘plays’ his body like Chojnacka played the harpsichord. Different styles of movement are brought together, just as she effortlessly wound her way between registers and genres with a few centuries of musical history in her fingers. The dance pieces in the solo will be complemented by a documentary layer in which Chojnacka’s work and life are discussed narratively, among others through interviews with people who were close to her.


CHOREOGRAPHY AND DANCE: Jan Martens SOUND DESIGN DOCUMENTARY: Yanna Soentjens LIGHTING DESIGN: Elke Verachtert COSTUME DESIGN: Cédric Charlier VIDEO EXCERPTS: © Archives INA MUSIC: “Tango for Tim” Réf Im: 164578 Musique de Michael Nyman © Chester Music Ltd représentés par Première Music Group; "Phrygian Tucket” by Stephen Montague. Copyright © 2000, Stephen Montague, used by permission of UNITED MUSIC PUBLISHING LTD, England.; “Continuum” by György Ligeti. Het werk wordt gepresenteerd onder toezicht van Auteursbureau ALMO te Antwerpen namens Schott Music.; “Commencement" by Zygmunt Krauze. Copyright © 1982, Sonora Music for Zygmunt Krauze.; "Profil Sonore" by Graciane Finzi. Copyright © 1970, Graciane Finzi.; "Concerto pour Clavecin” by Manuel de Falla (1926).; "Uppon La Mi Re” by Anonymous (16th Century). TECHNICIAN: Michel Spang/Elke Verachtert OUTSIDE EYE: Marc Vanrunxt, Anne-Lise Brevers and Rudi Meulemans PRODUCTION: GRIP COPRODUCTION: DE SINGEL (Antwerp, BE), Les Hivernales – CDCN d’Avignon (FR), Julidans (Amsterdam, NL), C-TAKT (Limburg, BE) and Perpodium (BE) INTERNATIONAL DISTRIBUTION: A Propic – Line Rousseau en Marion Gauvent RESIDENCIES: DE SINGEL (Antwerp, BE), Les Hivernales – CDCN d’Avignon (FR), Toneelhuis (Antwerp, BE), ccBe (Antwerp, BE), C-TAKT (Limburg, BE) and CN D – Centre national de la danse (Paris, FR) WITH THE FINANCIAL SUPPORT OF: the Flemish Government, Tax Shelter of the Belgian Federal Government and Cronos Invest THANKS TO: INA - l'Institut National de l' Audiovisuel, Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo sous la Présidence de S.A.R. la Princesse de Hanovre - Direction: Jean-Christophe Maillot, Graciane Finzi, Régis Mitonneau, Anne Montaron, Emmanuelle Tat, François-Bernard Mâche, Zygmunt Krauze, Stephen Montague, Raphaël de Gubernatis, Claire Verlet, Ty Boomershine, Joris van Oosterwijk, Liselotte Sels and Kinga Jaczewska


With any attempt will end in crushed bodies and shattered bones, Jan Martens for the first time turns his attention to the large stage. With a supercast of seventeen dancers between the ages of 16 and 69 he brings an ode to disobedience on a soundtrack of historical and contemporary protest songs.

With any attempt will end in crushed bodies and shattered bones, Jan Martens is for the first time fully turning his attention to the main stage. A production about the power that lies in being out of step, performed by a seventeen-strong, atypical corps de ballet made up of unique personalities.

The heterogeneous group of dancers between the ages of 16 and 69, with diverse backgrounds and track records, find and strengthen each other on stage. In any attempt (...) they seek their own voice within the dance and beyond, looking for an idiom that fits them like a glove. One by one they claim their place on stage, without cutting off the others for all that. A horizontal exercise in giving each other the necessary space, while being careful not to steal the limelight. In times of extreme polarization, this group sets social dogmas aside to recognize and embrace a range of distinct identities. Being uninhibitedly themselves – in both life and art – with the stage as their ideological testing ground.

Jan Martens does not hesitate to place the ecstatic next to the intimist, the shameless next to the exhausting. Supported by a soundtrack that consists of protest songs from different ages – from Henryk Górecki via Max Roach & Abbey Lincoln to Kae Tempest, any attempt (...) is an exhausting, emotional choreography, an ode to civil disobedience.

Presentation co-financed by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union in the frame of DANCE ON, PASS ON, DREAM ON


choreography Jan Martens dance Ty Boomershine, Truus Bronkhorst, Jim Buskens, Baptiste Cazaux, Zoë Chungong, Piet Defrancq, Naomi Gibson, Kimmy Ligtvoet, Cherish Menzo, Steven Michel, Gesine Moog, Dan Mussett, Wolf Overmeire, Tim Persent, Courtney May Robertson, Laura Vanborm, Loeka Willems understudies Pierre Bastin, Georgia Boddez, Wannes Labath, Zora Westbroek, Lia Witjes Poole artistic assistance Anne-Lise Brevers lighting design Jan Fedinger assistance lighting design Vito Walter costume design Cédric Charlier assistance costume design Alexandra Sebbag, Thibault Kuhn advice Marc Vanrunxt, Renée Copraij, Rudi Meulemans, Siska Baeck text fragment Spring by Ali Smith Copyright © 2019, Ali Smith, used by permission of The Wylie Agency (UK) Limited music Concerto pour Clavecin et Cordes Op 40 Réf Im: 108884 Musique de Henryk Mikolaj Górecki © PWM Editions représenté par Alphonse Leduc Editions Musicales, People’s Faces written by Kae Tempest and Dan Carey © Published and Administered by Domino Publishing Company Limited (50%) and MANATA LTD Administrated by Warner/Chappell Music Belgium N.V. (50%), Triptych: Prayer/Protest/Peace written by Maxwell Roach © Published by Milma Publishing Company Administered by Kobalt Music Publishing Limited technical direction Michel Spang touring technicians Valentijn Weyn/Bennert Vancottem production management Sylvie Svanberg production assistance Marie Luyten (internship), Saskia Vervoort business management Klaartje Oerlemans business support Lotte De Mont, Ruud Van Moorleghem communications Sam Loncke production GRIP in collaboration with Dance On Ensemble international distribution A Propic / Line Rousseau, Marion Gauvent coproduction deSingel (Antwerp, BE), Theater Freiburg (DE), Sadler’s Wells (London, UK), Julidans (Amsterdam, NL), Festival d'Avignon (FR), Le Gymnase CDCN Roubaix Hauts-de-France (FR), Norrlandsoperan (Umeå, SE), La Bâtie - Festival de Genève & l’ADC - Association pour la Danse Contemporaine Genève (CH), tanzhaus nrw (Düsseldorf, DE), Le Parvis Scène Nationale Tarbes-Pyrénéés (Tarbes, FR), La Danse en grande forme (CNDC - Angers, Malandain Ballet Biarritz, La Manufacture - CDCN Nouvelle-Aquitaine Bordeaux - La Rochelle, CCN de Caen en Normandie, L’échangeur - CDCN Hauts-de-France, CCN de Nantes, CCN d’Orléans, Atelier de Paris / CDCN, Collectif Fair-e / CCN de Rennes et de Bretagne, Le Gymnase | CDCN Roubaix | Hauts-de-France, PÔLE-SUD CDCN / Strasbourg et La Place de La Danse - CDCN Toulouse Occitanie), Perpodium (BE) with the support of De Grote Post (Ostend, BE), CCNO - Centre Chorégraphique National d'Orléans & Théâtre d’Orléans, Charleroi Danse (BE), December Dance (Concertgebouw and CC Brugge) (BE) with the financial support of the Flemish Government, the city of Antwerp, Tax Shelter of the Belgian Federal Government, Cronos Invest thanks to Mr. Jean Chabert (STANLEY/STELLA)
photo Phile Deprez

Tue 18 Jan 2022 20:00
Wed 19 Jan 2022 20:00




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