Clara Hermans
Dance
fABULEUS & GRIP /  Jan Martens

PASSING THE BECHDEL TEST

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 young people (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.

De voorstelling van woensdag 7 november wordt gevolgd door een panelgesprek, gemodereerd door Bieke Purnelle (co-directeur kenniscentrum voor gender, feminisme en gelijke kansen RoSa vzw). Gasten zijn prof. Veerle Draulans (KU Leuven, gender studies, mmv Dienst Cultuur) en Selm Wenselaers (producer, dramaturg en genderanalist). Het panelgesprek start meteen na de voorstelling, in het Nederlands.

De voorstelling van donderdag 8 november wordt gevolgd door een kort nagesprek met en gemodereerd door fABULEUS.

Credits

regie / choreografie Jan Martens | performance Isabel Braamkolk, Noor Caestecker, Anouk Claassen, Renée De Coninck, Luna Glowacki, Bente Govaerts, Noor Hollemeersch, Birgit Lesage, Marie Libens, Hannah Peiren, Celina Vercruysse, Yanou Van Dessel & Mirren Vandenberk | artistieke assistentie Kimmy Ligtvoet | dramaturgie Peter Anthonissen | licht Elke Verachtert | productie fABULEUS & GRIP | coproductie Tanzhaus NRW | met dank aan Renée Copraij, Fransien Van der Putt, Moos Van den Broek, Nozizwe Dube, Dimone Atangana Bekono en Matilde Quirynen
Tue 6 Nov 20:30 - 15:49
Wed 7 Nov 20:30 - 20:30
Thu 8 Nov 20:30 - 20:30

Location

STUK Soetezaal

Price

€14 Standard
€10 Reduction

Age

15+

Language

English