PASSING THE BECHDEL TEST
Together with thirteen youngsters (f/x), Jan Martens creates scenes that consider gender diversity and gender equality.
In 1929 Virginia Woolf stated that female characters are usually defined by their relationship to male characters. The Bechdel test was developed in the 1980s: an informal test to assess the degree of sexism in fiction. A determiner of this would be when at least two women converse about something other than a man. When applied to today’s mainstream films and literature, the results remain troubling.
Together with thirteen youngsters (f/x), Jan Martens creates scenes that consider gender diversity and gender equality. The young people take on board each other’s position and those of female authors and personalities: from Woolf and Winterson to Sontag, Solnit and Solange. Fragments from letters, diaries, lyrics, essays and TED talks form the frame to which their own biographies are added. For the first time, Jan Martens focuses on text. From his choreographic perspective and together with the young people, he designs a manifesto for the future.