fABULEUS & GRIP /  Jan Martens


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 Virginia Woolf to Susan Sontag, from Toni Morrison to Ma ie Nelson. 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.


Creation Jan Martens | Performance Isabel Braamkolk, Noor Caestecker, A. Claassen, Renée De Coninck, Luna Glowacki, Bente Govaerts, Noor Hollemeersch, Birgit Lesage, Marie Libens, Hannah Peiren, Celina Vercruysse, Yanou Van Dessel & Mirren Vandenberk | Artistic assistance Kimmy Ligtvoet | Dramaturgy Peter Anthonissen | Advice Rudi Meulemans | Light design Elke Verachtert | Costume advice Lotte Stek | Head of production Teresa Wouters & Sylvie Svanberg | Distribution Vincent Company | International distribution A Propic / Line Rousseau & Marion Gauvent | Thanks to Renée Copraij, Fransien van der Putt, Moos van den Broek, Simone Atangana Bekono & Siska Baeck | Production fABULEUS & GRIP | Co-production tanzhaus nrw & STUK | With the support of Stad Leuven & De Vlaamse Overheid
Tue 21 Apr 2020 20:30
Wed 22 Apr 2020 20:30


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