Jan Martens (BE) / GRIP


12 Jul '21 to 14 Jul '21
Jan Martens (BE) / GRIP


Jan Martens (BE) / GRIP


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In Any attempt will end in crushed bodies and shattered bones, the Julidans co-production that could not be shown in the corona year 2020, Jan Martens used music by Elisabeth Chojnacka. Martens became fascinated by the Polish musician. In the solo Elisabeth Gets Her Way, danced by himself, she is given the time and space she deserves.

On July 13, after the performance, there will be an after talk with Jan Martens moderated by Moos van den Broek.

Location Bellevue
Venue Grote Zaal
Starting time 20.30 (12 juli), 19.00 (13 juli), 20.30 (14 juli)

Danced tribute to fascinating musician slaloms between movement styles and musical genres

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 the harpsichord, often dedicated to Chojnacka.

It goes without saying that music plays a major role in this performance, with a soundtrack that covers a wide range of composers. From Nyman over 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 slaloms through them as effortlessly as Chojnacka does between historical and modern musical registers. The dance is interwoven with a documentary layer about Chojancka's work and life.

-|-Jan Martens climbed from the Julidans Vondelpark stage to the main stage in record time. This is because of the uniqueness and quality of his performances. Martens strikes a balance between the abstract nature of dance and storytelling. He is guided by his eye for the beauty of the incomplete human being, people of flesh and blood. His dance is intense, physical, and meaningful. After A small guide on how to treat your lifetime companion - about relationships - in 2018, Julidans 2020 had a place on the main stage in mind for Martens. Then it had to be cancelled. We assume that Elisabeth Chojnacka will get her well-deserved tribute this year.

Any attempt will end in crushed bodies and shattered bones can be seen on August 28 and 29 at ITA.


choreography and dance: Jan Martens
sound design document layer: Yanna Soentjens
light design: Elke Verachtert
costume design: Cédric Charlier
video and music: full list of video clips (© Archives INA) and music tracks: www.grip.house
video edit: Sabine Groenewegen
outside eye: Marc Vanrunxt, Anne-Lise Brevers and Rudi Meulemans
technical lead: Michel Spang/Elke Verachtert
production: GRIP
distribution: A Propic - Line Rousseau and Marion Gauvent
co-production: DE SINGEL (Antwerp, BE), Les Hivernales - CDCN d'Avignon (FR), Julidans (Amsterdam, NL), C-TAKT (Limburg, BE) en Perpodium (BE)
residents: 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 financial support from: the Flemish Government, the Taxshelter of the Belgian Federal Government and Cronos Invest

with thanks to: INA -l'Institut National de l' Audiovisuel, Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo sous la Présidence de S.A.R. la Princesse de Hanovre - 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