Jan Martens/GRIP & Dance On Ensemble

any attempt will end in crushed bodies and shattered bones

Jan Martens/GRIP & Dance On Ensemble

© Phile Deprez

September

18/09 sat 19:30 RIVOLI Grande Auditório
22/09 wed 17:00 TMP ONLINE

RIVOLI & ONLINE

Dance
Belgium
National premiere
Price 12€ (Rivoli) / 3.50€ (TMP Online)
Duration 1:30min
Age recommendation 16+
TMP Online conditions Streaming available 24h (between 17:00 on September 22 to 23:59 on September 23)
any attempt will end in crushed bodies and shattered bones is about the power that lies in being out of step, performed by a seventeen-strong, atypical corps de ballet.
The heterogeneous group of dancers spans several generations, the youngest being 16 and the eldest 69, with significant differences between them in terms of track record and technical background. Here, they seek their own voice within the dance and they claim their place on stage, without cutting off the others for all that.
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. They are supported by a soundtrack that consists of protest songs from different ages – from Henryk Górecki via Max Roach & Abbey Lincoln to Kae Tempest. 


Jan Martens (1984, Belgium) studied at the Fontys Dance Academie in Tilburg and completed the Dance programme at the Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp in Antwerp in 2006.
The work of Martens is nurtured by the belief that each body can communicate and has actually something to say. With every new work he tries to redraw the relation between public and performer. His debut I Can Ride a Horse Whilst Juggling So Marry Me in 2010 was quickly followed by multiple solos, duets and group pieces, e.g. The Dog Days Are Over (2014 – selected for the theatre festival Het TheaterFestival), Ode to the Attempt (2014), The Common People (2016) and Rule of Three (2017). In the 18/19 season, Jan created Passing the Bechdel Test (2018), a coproduction with fABULEUS, as well as the solo lostmovements, in which he plunges into the universe of choreographer and friend Marc Vanrunxt (Kunst/Werk). In 2020, Jan directs his attention for the first time to the big stage with any attempt will end in crushed bodies and shattered bones, a production with and for seventeen dancers, which premiered on December 3, 2020 (in Concertgebouw Bruges in the frame of December Dance). In May 2021 By for with Wannes will premiere, a solo danced by Wannes Labath in a choreography by Martens and Labath himself.
Martens is creative associate at deSingel international arts campus (Antwerp, Belgium), from 2017 until 2021. The choreographic platform GRIP — founded by Jan Martens and business manager Klaartje Oerlemans - is supported by the Flemish Government.

September

18/09 sat 19:30 RIVOLI Grande Auditório
22/09 wed 17:00 TMP ONLINE

RIVOLI & ONLINE

Dance
Belgium
National premiere
Price 12€ (Rivoli) / 3.50€ (TMP Online)
Duration 1:30min
Age recommendation 16+
TMP Online conditions Streaming available 24h (between 17:00 on September 22 to 23:59 on September 23)
Coreography Jan Martens 
Dancers 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, Zora Westbroek, Lia Witjes-Poole, Abigail Aleksander, Maisie Woodford, Simon Lelievre, Solal Mariotte
Artistic assistance Anne-Lise Brevers 
Lighting design Jan Fedinger 
Lighting design assistant Vito Walter 
Costume design Cédric Charlier 
Costume design assistant Alexandra Sebbag, Thibault Kuhn 
Outside eye Marc Vanrunxt, Renée Copraij, Rudi Meulemans, Siska Baeck 
Text Spring by Ali Smith. Copyright © 2019, Ali Smith, used by permission of The Wylie Agency (UK) Limited 
Music “Concerto for Harpsichord and String Orchestra Op. 40” , Henryk Górecki © Wise Music Classical.; “People’s Faces”, Kae Tempest & Dan Carey © Domino Publishing Company Limited and Warner Chappell Music, Inc. “Triptych: Prayer/Protest/Peace”, Maxwell Roach © Milma Publishing Company. Administered by Kobalt Music Publishing Limited 
Technicians Michel Spang, Valentijn Weyn/Bennert Vancottem 
Production manager Sylvie Svanberg 
Production GRIP 
In collaboration with Dance On Ensemble  
Internacional distribution A Propic / Line Rousseau, Marion Gauvent 
Co-production Internationale Kunstzentrum deSingel, Theater Freiburg, Sadler’s Wells, Julidans, Festival d’Avignon, Le Gymnase CDCN Roubaix Hauts-de-France, Norrlandsoperan, La Bâtie – Festival de Genève & ADC – Association pour la Danse Contemporaine Genève, tanzhaus nrw, Le Parvis Scène Nationale Tarbes-Pyrénéés, Perpodium, 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, CCN2 – Grenoble, La Briqueterie – CDCN du Val de Marne, CCN – Ballet national de Marseille, CCN de Nantes, CCN d’Orléans, Atelier de Paris / CDCN, Le Gymnase CDCN Roubaix – Hauts-de-France, La Place de La Danse - CDCN Toulouse – Occitanie, MC2 – Grenoble)
With the support of De Grote Post (Ostend, BE), Charleroi Danse (BE), CCNO - Centre Chorégraphique National d'Orléans icw Théâtre d’Orléans (FR) e December Dance (Concertgebouw e CC Brugge)
With the financial support of the Flemish Government, the city of Antwerp, Tax Shelter of the Belgian Federal Government and Cronos Invest
Thanks to Mr. Jean Chabert (STANLEY/STELLA)