A danced tribute to a fascinating musician. A dance portrait that slides between movement styles and musical genres.Tickets
In the performance Any attempt will end in crushed bodies and shattered bones, which would have been shown on our stage in early February 2022, Jan Martens used music by Elisabeth Chojnacka. Martens was fascinated by the Polish musician. In the solo Elisabeth Gets Her Waydanced by himself, she gets the time and space she deserves.
Elisabeth Chojnacka (1939 - 2017) was an exceptionally talented and passionate musician who was partly responsible for the revival of harpsichord music in the mid-20th century. Thanks to her talent and perseverance, in the 1970s and 1980s a large number of musicians (Ligeti, Xenakis, Ferrari, Berio, Halffter) wrote new works for harpsichord, often dedicated to Chojnacka.
It goes without saying that music plays a major role in this performance, with a soundtrack covering a wide range of composers. From Nyman to Montague to Ligeti, always in a performance by Chojnacka. Martens plays his body like Chojnacka plays the harpsichord. Different movement styles are brought together. Martens glides through them as easily as Chojnacka does between historical and modern musical registers. The dance is interwoven with a documentary layer about Chojnacka's work and life.
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.
Stick around after the performance on 1 February for a conversation between Jan Martens and Dansens Hus Theatre Director Joannes Öhman.
Choreography & dance
Sound design documentation
"Tango for Tim" Ref Im: 164578 Music by Michael Nyman © Chester Music Ltd represented by Première Music Group; "Phrygian Tucket" by Stephen Montague. Copyright © 2000, Stephen Montague, used by permission of UNITED MUSIC PUBLISHING LTD, England; "Continuum" by György Ligeti. The work is presented under the supervision of Auteursbureau ALMO in Antwerp on behalf of Schott Music; "Commencement" by Zygmunt Krauze. Copyright © 1982, Sonora Music for Zygmunt Krauze; "Profil Sonore" by Graciane Finzi. Copyright © 1970, Graciane Finzi; "Concerto pour Clavecin" by Manuel de Falla (1926); "Uppon La Mi Re" by Anonymous (16th Century).
Michel Spang/Elke Verachtert
Marc Vanrunxt, Anne-Lise Brevers, Rudi Meulemans
DE SINGEL (Antwerp, BE), Les Hivernales - CDCN d'Avignon (FR), Julidans (Amsterdam, NL), C-TAKT (Limburg, BE) and Perpodium (BE)
A Propic - Line Rousseau and Marion Gauvent
DE SINGEL (Antwerp, BE), Les Hivernales - CDCN d'Avignon (FR), Toneelhuis (Antwerp, BE), ccBe (Antwerp, BE), C-TAKT (Limburg, BE) and CN D - Centre national de la danse (Paris, FR)
With the support of
The Flemish Government, Tax Shelter of the Belgian Federal Government and Cronos Invest
INA - l'Institut National de l' Audiovisuel, Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo under the Presidency of HRH the Princess of Hanover - Direction: Jean-Christophe Maillot, Graciane Finzi, Régis Mitonneau, Anne Montaron, Emmanuelle Tat, François-Bernard Mâche, Zygmunt Krauze, Stephen Montague, Raphaël de Gubernatis, Claire Verlet, Ty Boomershine, Joris van Oosterwijk, Liselotte Sels and Kinga Jaczewska