Jan Martens is back on Dansens Hus' main stage with a work for 17 dancers aged 16-69.

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A 16-year-old, a 69-year-old, and a variety of bodies and dance experience in between. In total, the Any attempt will end in crushed bodies and shattered bones 17 dancers from different generations, different dance techniques and backgrounds, all searching for their unique expression. How do you give space to the other dancers in the performance while searching for your own unique place and voice on stage?

At a time when polarisation is creeping out of all the nooks and crannies of society, the group is trying to see each other for real, beyond stereotypes and social dogma. To be themselves, in a group. Without stealing their fellow dancers' spotlight and with a desire to be their best selves. Can these two be reconciled? Yes, says Jan Martens. By giving each other the necessary space. By embracing differences and by using the stage space and the performance as an ideological guinea pig. A show of the power of not adapting to what others think and do.

The experiment is supported by a musical soundtrack of protest songs from different eras - from Henryk Górecki via Max Roach & Abbey Lincoln to Kae Tempest.

Belgian Jan Martens has previously made two guest appearances on Dansens Hus' main stage. In 2017 with the intimate Sweat baby sweat and in 2018 with the acclaimed The dog days are over.

Jan Martens

Jan Martens

Jan Martens (°1984, Belgium) Choreographer and dancer Jan Martens has worked as a dancer in several Belgian companies, including United-C and Ann Van den Broek. He graduated from the Artesis Conservatory for Dance in Antwerp in 2006. Since 2009, he is also active as a choreographer with several international successes behind him, most recently THE DOG DAYS ARE OVER and SWEAT BABY SWEAT. In his work he wants to emphasise the beauty of human imperfection, rather than physical virtuosity.

Since 2017, Mr Martens has been creative associate at deSingel international arts campus (Antwerp, BE), until 2021. He is also the co-founder of the choreographic platform GRIP.