Jan Martens / GRIP & Dance On Ensemble
any attempt will end in crushed bodies and shattered bones
This performance makes use of stroboscopic light. No pictures or video recordings are allowed during the concerts, out of respect for the artists and audience.
With any attempt will end in crushed bodies and shattered bones, Jan Martens is for the first time fully turning his attention to the large 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 18 and 71, 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 in STUK 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, 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 en - afwisselend - Pierre Bastin, Georgia Boddez, Zora Westbroek, Lia Witjes Poole (op tournee), Abigail Aleksander, Maisie Woodford, Simon Lelievre, Solal Mariotte (understudies) and Baptiste Cazaux original cast) |
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 |
outside eyes Marc Vanrunxt, Renée Copraij, Rudi Meulemans, Siska Baeck |
text fragment from 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 & 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 Michel Spang and Valentijn Weyn/Bart Van Hoydonck/Nele Verreyken |
production management Sylvie Svanberg |
production assistance Marie Luyten (intern), Saskia Vervoort |
business management Klaartje Oerlemans |
business support Ruud Van Moorleghem, Lotte De Mont |
communication Sam Loncke |
production GRIP |
in collaboration with Dance On Ensemble |
international distribution A Propic / Line Rousseau & Marion Gauvent |
co-production deSingel (Antwerpen, BE), Theater Freiburg (DE), Sadler’s Wells (Londen, 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 (Oostende, BE), Charleroi Danse (BE), CCNO - Centre Chorégraphique National d'Orléans in collaboration with la Scène nationale d’Orléans (FR), December Dance (Concertgebouw & CC Brugge) (BE) |
with the financial support of the Flemish Government, the city of Antwerp, the Tax Shelter of the Belgian Federal Government and Cronos Invest |
thanks to Mr. Jean Chabert (Stanley/Stella), Nadine Scheuer, Wannes Labath and de! Kunsthumaniora