any attempt will end in crushed bodies and shattered bones (2020)

In his latest creation, Jan Martens for the first time fully directs his attention to the big stage. any attempt will end in crushed bodies and shattered bones is a production, with and for 17 dancers of different ages, on the (non)sense of progress, and standing still as an act of rebellion.

In any attempt will end in crushed bodies and shattered bones, we see familiar faces from earlier productions – such as DOG DAYS ARE OVER, SWEAT BABY SWEAT and RULE OF THREE – as well as dancers new to Jan’s universe. On stage we find a heterogeneous group of 17 dancers – and unique personalities – spanning several generations: the youngest is 15, the oldest 68. Individuals find and reinforce each other, and form an irreversible force. Small internal shifts together generate the power of an earthquake.

any attempt will end in crushed bodies and shattered bones mainly looks at the moments when an individual – or the group as a whole – goes against the flow, stands still, or retreats to the margins. Withdrawal from the maelstrom as an act of rebellion. Certain forms of progress – and their speed – are questioned. It will be a rich performance that does not hesitate to seek out the ecstatic before retreating a few moments later to the hyper-intimate. From hard to shamelessly romantic. With a wide-ranging soundtrack that, among other things,
contains protest songs from different eras.

any attempt will end in crushed bodies and shattered bones will be an ode to civil disobedience, revolt and stepping out of line. Conjuring progress. What happens if you decide to simply not participate anymore?

Since 2011, Jan Martens makes work that talks about how people relate to each other and to the here and now. This resulted in a wide array of pieces: a duet (SWEAT BABY SWEAT – 2011), solos (ODE TO THE ATTEMPT & lostmovements – 2014 & 2018), meetings between people who never saw each other before (THE COMMON PEOPLE – 2016) group pieces that are buzzing with surrender and ecstasy (THE DOG DAYS ARE OVER with 8 dancers & RULE OF THREE – 2014 & 2017), a work for young people that tackles issues such as gender diversity and gender equality (PASSING THE BECHDEL TEST – 2018).


CREDITS
CHOREOGRAPHY: Jan Martens
DANCE: 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, Wannes Labath and Zora Westbroek
ARTISTIC ASSISTANCE: Anne-Lise Brevers
LIGHTING DESIGN: Jan Fedinger
COSTUME DESIGN: Cédric Charlier
ASSISTANCE COSTUME DESIGN: Alexandra Sebbag
OUTSIDE EYE: Marc Vanrunxt, Renée Copraij and Rudi Meulemans
TECHNICIANS: Michel Spang and Valentijn Weyn
PRODUCTION: GRIP
IN COLLABORATION WITH: Dance On Ensemble
INTERNATIONAL DISTRIBUTION: A Propic / Line Rousseau and Marion Gauvent
CO-PRODUCTION: deSingel international arts campus (Antwerp, BE), Theater Freiburg (DE), Sadler’s Wells (London, UK), Julidans (Amsterdam, NL), 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 Bordeaux Nouvelle- Aquitaine, 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 en La Place de La Danse – CDCN Toulouse Occitanie) and Perpodium
WITH THE SUPPORT OF: De Grote Post (Ostend, BE), Charleroi Danse (BE), CCNO – Centre Chorégraphique National d’Orléans icw Théâtre d’Orléans (FR)
WITH THE FINANCIAL SUPPORT OF: the Flemish Government, the city of Antwerp, Tax Shelter of the Belgian Federal Government and Cronos Invest

AGENDA

2023
February 2023
3 any attempt will end in crushed bodies and shattered bones – Teatro Central, Sevilla (ES)
4 any attempt will end in crushed bodies and shattered bones – Teatro Central, Sevilla (ES)
7 any attempt will end in crushed bodies and shattered bones – STUK, Leuven (BE)
8 any attempt will end in crushed bodies and shattered bones – STUK, Leuven (BE)
11 any attempt will end in crushed bodies and shattered bones – Théâtre de Liège, Liège (BE)

March 2023
10 any attempt will end in crushed bodies and shattered bones – Maison de la Culture, Amiens (FR)
13 any attempt will end in crushed bodies and shattered bones – Le Bateau Feu, Dunkerque (FR)
16 any attempt will end in crushed bodies and shattered bones – La Comédie / CCNC Caen (FR)
17 any attempt will end in crushed bodies and shattered bones – La Comédie / CCNC Caen (FR)
21 any attempt will end in crushed bodies and shattered bones – Valenciennes (FR)
28 any attempt will end in crushed bodies and shattered bones – Le Lieu Unique, Nantes (FR)
29 any attempt will end in crushed bodies and shattered bones – Le Lieu Unique, Nantes (FR)

April 2023
1 any attempt will end in crushed bodies and shattered bones – Scene Nationale, Albi (FR)
4 any attempt will end in crushed bodies and shattered bones – Équinoxe, Chateauroux (FR)
7 any attempt will end in crushed bodies and shattered bones – TAP, Poitiers (FR)
14 any attempt will end in crushed bodies and shattered bones – Dansens Hus, Oslo (NO)
15 any attempt will end in crushed bodies and shattered bones – Dansens Hus, Oslo (NO)

May 2023
6 any attempt will end in crushed bodies and shattered bones – Cankarjev Dom, Ljubljana (SL)
11 any attempt will end in crushed bodies and shattered bones – La Villette / Theatre de la Ville, Paris (FR)
12 any attempt will end in crushed bodies and shattered bones – La Villette / Theatre de la Ville, Paris (FR)
13 any attempt will end in crushed bodies and shattered bones – La Villette / Theatre de la Ville, Paris (FR)
16 any attempt will end in crushed bodies and shattered bones – Sceaux, Les Gemeaux (FR)
17 any attempt will end in crushed bodies and shattered bones – Sceaux, Les Gemeaux (FR)


2022

January 2022
19 any attempt will end in crushed bodies and shattered bones – Stuk, Leuven (BE)
28 any attempt will end in crushed bodies and shattered bones – Dansens Hus Oslo (NO)
29 any attempt will end in crushed bodies and shattered bones – Dansens Hus Oslo (NO)

February 2022
1 any attempt will end in crushed bodies and shattered bones – Dansens Hus Stockholm (SE)
2 any attempt will end in crushed bodies and shattered bones – Dansens Hus Stockholm (SE)
4 any attempt will end in crushed bodies and shattered bones – Noorlandsoperan, Umea (SE)
5 any attempt will end in crushed bodies and shattered bones – Noorlandsoperan, Umea (SE)

March 2022
5 any attempt will end in crushed bodies and shattered bones – Tanzhaus NRW, Dusseldorf (DE Premiere)
6 any attempt will end in crushed bodies and shattered bones – Tanzhaus NRW, Dusseldorf (DE)
10 any attempt will end in crushed bodies and shattered bones – Pôle Sud CDCN & Le Maillon, Strasbourg (FR)
11 any attempt will end in crushed bodies and shattered bones – Pôle Sud CDCN & Le Maillon, Strasbourg (FR)
19any attempt will end in crushed bodies and shattered bones – Mercat del Flores, Barcelona (ES)
20 any attempt will end in crushed bodies and shattered bones – Mercat del Flores, Barcelona (ES)

April 2022
5 any attempt will end in crushed bodies and shattered bones – Scène Nationale d’Orléans (FR)
8 any attempt will end in crushed bodies and shattered bones – Le Parvis, Tarbes (FR)

May 2022
24 any attempt will end in crushed bodies and shattered bones – Sadler’s Wells, London (UK)
25 any attempt will end in crushed bodies and shattered bones – Sadler’s Wells, London (UK)
27 any attempt will end in crushed bodies and shattered bones – Dublin Dance Festival, Dublin (IRL)
28 any attempt will end in crushed bodies and shattered bones – Dublin Dance Festival, Dublin (IRL)

June 2022
10 any attempt will end in crushed bodies and shattered bones – Theater Rotterdam, Rotterdam (NL)
12 any attempt will end in crushed bodies and shattered bones – Nona, Mechelen (BE)

September 2022
8 any attempt will end in crushed bodies and shattered bones – Het Theaterfestival, NTGent, Gent (BE)
9 any attempt will end in crushed bodies and shattered bones – Het Theaterfestival, NTGent, Gent (BE)
25 any attempt will end in crushed bodies and shattered bones – BITEF, Belgrade (SR)
28 any attempt will end in crushed bodies and shattered bones – Roma Europa, Rome (IT)
29 any attempt will end in crushed bodies and shattered bones – Roma Europa, Rome (IT)

October 2022
6 any attempt will end in crushed bodies and shattered bones – La Comédie, Clermont Ferrand, (FR)
7 any attempt will end in crushed bodies and shattered bones – La Comédie, Clermont Ferrand (FR)
11 any attempt will end in crushed bodies and shattered bones – Maison de la Danse, Lyon (FR)
12 any attempt will end in crushed bodies and shattered bones – Maison de la Danse, Lyon (FR)
14 any attempt will end in crushed bodies and shattered bones – FAB, Bordeaux (FR)
15 any attempt will end in crushed bodies and shattered bones – FAB, Bordeaux (FR)
20 any attempt will end in crushed bodies and shattered bones – Nowy Teatr, Warsaw (PL)
21 any attempt will end in crushed bodies and shattered bones – Nowy Teatr, Warsaw (PL)

November 2022
8 any attempt will end in crushed bodies and shattered bones – Euro-Scene Festival, Leipzig (DE)
12 any attempt will end in crushed bodies and shattered bones – Tanzfestival Rhein Main, Darmstadt (DE)

December 2022
10 any attempt will end in crushed bodies and shattered bones – Concertgebouw, Bruges (BE)


2021

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May 2021
04 Sadler’s Wells LONDON UK
05 Sadler’s Wells LONDON UK

July 2021
18 any attempt will end… – Festival d’Avignon, Avignon FR
19 any attempt will end… – Festival d’Avignon, Avignon FR
20 any attempt will end… – Festival d’Avignon, Avignon FR
22 any attempt will end… – Festival d’Avignon, Avignon FR
23 any attempt will end… – Festival d’Avignon, Avignon FR
24 any attempt will end… – Festival d’Avignon, Avignon FR
25 any attempt will end… – Festival d’Avignon, Avignon FR

August 2021
26 any attempt will end… – ITA Amsterdam (NL)
27 any attempt will end… – ITA Amsterdam (NL)

September 2021
10 any attempt will end… – Pavillon de la Danse, Festival de la Bâtie, Geneva (CH)
11 any attempt will end… – Pavillon de la Danse, Festival de la Bâtie, Geneva (CH)
12 any attempt will end… – Pavillon de la Danse, Festival de la Bâtie, Geneva (CH)
18 any attempt will end…- Teatro Rivoli, Porto (PT)

October 2021
13 any attempt will end… Place de la Danse & Théâtre de la Cité, Toulouse (FR)
14 any attempt will end… Place de la Danse & Théâtre de la Cité, Toulouse (FR)
20 any attempt will end… – Charleroi Danse, Brussels (BE)
22 any attempt will end… – deSingel, Antwerp (BE) option
23 any attempt will end… – deSingel, Antwerp (BE) option
27 any attempt will end… – De Warande, Turnhout (BE)
28 any attempt will end… – Stadsschouwburg Utrecht (NL)

November 2021
16 any attempt will end… – CNDC Angers (FR)

December 2021
10 any attempt will end… Opera Gent (BE)
11 any attempt will end…  – Concertgebouw, Brugge (BE)


2020
April 2020
23 deSingel ANTWERP BE (World premiere)
24  deSingel ANTWERP BE
25  deSingel ANTWERP BE

May 2020
07 Vlaamse Opera icw Vooruit GHENT BE
29 Charleroi Danse CHARLEROI BE

June 2020
27  Theater Freiburg FREIBURG DE (DE premiere)

July 2020
Julidans AMSTERDAM NL (NL premiere)

August 2020
28 La Bâtie – Festival de Genève GENEVA CH (CH premiere)
29 La Bâtie – Festival de Genève GENEVA CH
30 La Bâtie – Festival de Genève GENEVA CH
31 La Bâtie – Festival de Genève GENEVA CH
21 Dansens Hus OSLO NO (NO premiere)
22 Dansens Hus OSLO NO
23 Dansens Hus OSLO NO

September 2020
11 tanzhaus nrw DÜSSELDORF DE
12 tanzhaus nrw DÜSSELDORF DE

Fall 2020 Concertgebouw Brugge BRUGES BE
** October 2020 Spring in Autumn UTRECHT NL
19 September 2020 Theater Rotterdam / Art of Performing Week ROTTERDAM NL

Photo: Luis Xertu

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