Any attempt will end in crushed bodies and shattered bones

The11/02/2023 Salle de la Grande Main

Jan Martens

In his most ambitious piece to date, Jan Martens examines dance from a political perspective and gives a voice to rebellious bodies. The title is taken from the words of Chinese president Xi Jinping during the Hong Kong protects of October 2019. The Belgian choreographer responds to the violence of the subject with an act of rebellion inspired by the global wave of uprisings, from the women’s marches in American and Chile to young climate activists, Black Lives Matter and the Yellow Vests. The cyclical choreography is punctuated by marches and moments of stillness that become tools for resistance. Sharp, dislocated moments characterise the unusual corps de ballet, which transcends generations and acts in a singular manner. They dance to protest songs by Kae Tempest and Max Roach and Abbey Lincoln and to a concerto by Polish composer Henryk Mikolaj Górecki. The seventeen performers encourage enthusiasm and awareness with their playful, romantic and unifying energy, which highlights protesting as a shared necessity.


AvecTy Boomershine, Truus Bronkhorst, Jim Buskens, 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, Loeka Willems et – en alternance – Pierre Bastin, Georgia Boddez, Zora Westbroek, Lia Witjes-Poole, Camilla Bundel, Paolo Yao [en tournée], Abigail Aleksander, Maisie Woodford, Simon Lelievre, Solal Mariotte [doublures], Baptiste Cazaux [cast original]

Chorégraphie Jan Martens

Collaboration artistique Anne-Lise Brevers

Lumière Jan Fedinger

Costumes Cédric Charlier, Thibault Kuhn, Alexandra Sebbag

Regards extérieurs Marc Vanrunxt, Renée Copraij, Rudi Meulemans, Siska Baeck

Diffusion A Propic / Line Rousseau, Marion Gauvent

Production GRIP

En collaboration avec Dance On Ensemble

Coproduction de Singel, Theater Freiburg, Sadler’s Wells, Festival d’Avignon, Julidans, Le Gymnase CDCN Roubaix Hauts-de-France, Norrlandsoperan, La Bâtie Festival de Genève et l’Association pour la danse contemporaine Genève, tanzhaus nrw, Le Parvis Scène nationale Tarbes-Pyrénées, La Danse en grande forme (projet A-CDCN et ACCN – liste complète via, Perpodium

Soutien De Grote Post, Charleroi danse, CCN d’Orléans, la Scène nationale d’Orléans, December Dance – Concertgebouw et CC Brugge, le gouvernement flamand, la ville d’Anvers, Tax Shelter du gouvernement fédéral de Belgique et Cronos Invest

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