Jan Martens casts a lucid and amused gaze on love and artistic creation. Two key works at the origins of the Belgian shooting-star’s world.
Intimacy, effort and attempt are at the very center of Jan Marten’s searches. Among the most sought after choreographers of his generation, he will present a double program, divided between two short but very deep pieces, stemming from the origins of the Flemish golden boy’s creativity. In “Sweat Baby Sweat”, a couple transforms its mutual infatuation into acrobatics, in an extremely delicate slow-motion that reveals the permanent effort - found in every love relationship - of doing things for the other. Their very plastic hand to hand is a true art of the attempt. After this, it was simply logic to see Jan Martens take the stage and deconstruct in a fairly self-mocking way, his own attempts to shape his inspirations. He dances, talks, writes and jibes at his own perfectionism and melancholy. A sincerely mischievous ode!
Ode To The Attempt - A Solo For Meself by & with Jan Martens Sweat Baby Sweat by Jan Martens Music Jaap Van Keulen Video Paul Sixta advice Peter Seynaeve with Kimmy Ligtvoet & Steven Michel