any attempt will end in crushed bodies and shattered bones
Jan Martens is a rising star in the international world of dance. The choreographer is motivated by his ability to see beauty in the incomplete human being. His dances are intense, physical, and tell a story. In this case: about the sense and nonsense of progress and about standing still as a form of rebellion.
Starting time: 8 p.m.
Duration: 90 minutes, excl. intermission
Please note that stroboscopic light effects are used in this performance
Any attempt will end in crushed bodies and shattered bones refers to an ominous statement made by the Chinese president Xi Jinping, and is about violent language that incites physical violence; from internet trolls on message boards to Donald Trump’s speeches. Any attempt will end in crushed bodies and shattered bones tackles this subject by engaging a different type of language: that of dance. The performance examines the moments when an individual or a group goes against the current, stands still, or pushes the boundaries. An ode to civil disobedience, to rebelling and stepping out of line, to resisting the march of progress. What happens if you decide to no longer follow the crowd?
-|-After his 2018 A small guide on how to treat your lifetime companion, which takes a look at relationships, Martens is back with a large group of dancers. New dancers, but also some familiar faces, such as the 68-year-old Truus Bronkhorst, Tim Persent and Ty Boomershine. They form, in Martens’ words, a society in miniature.
Any attempt will end in crushed bodies and shattered bones goes from brutal to shamelessly romantic and everything in between. The soundtrack is just as expansive, and incorporates a broad range of pop songs and protest songs from diverse periods in history.
choreography 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, and Loeka Willems
understudies Pierre Bastin, Georgia Boddez, Zora Westbroek, Lia Witjes Poole, Abigail Aleksander, Maisie Woodford, Simon Lelievre and Solal Mariotte
artistic assistance Anne-Lise Brevers
lighting design Jan Fedinger
lighting design assistant Vito Walter
costume design Cédric Charlier
costume designassistants Alexandra Sebbag and Thibault Kuhn
textfragmentfrom SPRING by Ali Smith. Copyright © 2019, Ali Smith, used with permission of The Wylie Agency (UK) Limited
outside eye Marc Vanrunxt, Renée Copraij, Rudi Meulemans and Siska Baeck
tech Michel Spang and Valentijn Weyn/Bennert Vancottem
in partnership with Dance On Ensemble
internationaldistribution A Propic / Line Rousseau and Marion Gauvent
co-production de Singel internationale kunstcampus (Antwerp, BE), Theater Freiburg (DE), Sadler’s Wells (London, UK), Julidans (Amsterdam, NL), Festival d'Avignon (FR), Le Gymnase CDCN Roubaix Hauts-de-France (FR), Norrlandsoperan (Umeå, SE), La Bâtie - Festival de Genève & l’ADC - Association pour la Danse Contemporaine Genève (CH), tanzhaus nrw (Düsseldorf, DE), Le Parvis Scène Nationale Tarbes-Pyrénéés (Tarbes, FR), 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, CCN de Nantes, CCN d’Orléans, Atelier de Paris / CDCN, Collectif Fair-e / CCN de Rennes et de Bretagne, Le Gymnase | CDCN Roubaix | Hauts-de-France, POLE-SUD CDCN / Strasbourg et La Place de La Danse - CDCN Toulouse Occitanie) and Perpodium
with the support of De Grote Post (Oostende, BE), CCN d'Orléans in cooperation with Théâtre d’Orléans, Charleroi Danse (BE) and December Dance (Concertgebouw and CC Brugge) (BE)
with the financial support of the Flemish authorities, City of Antwerp, Belgian Tax Shelter, and Cronos Invest
thanks to Stanley/Stella
WITH COVID ADMISSION TICKET
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