any attempt will end in crushed bodies and shattered bones

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
Photo: Luis Xertu

For more information, pressmap, riders, financial information please contact Line Rousseau or Marion Gauvent

2020

23 April 2020 deSingel ANTWERP BE (World premiere)
24 April 2020 deSingel ANTWERP BE
25 April 2020 deSingel ANTWERP BE
07 May 2020 Vlaamse Opera icw Vooruit GHENT BE
29 May 2020 Charleroi Danse CHARLEROI BE
27 June 2020 Theater Freiburg FREIBURG DE (DE premiere)
July 2020 Julidans AMSTERDAM NL (NL premiere)
28 August 2020 La Bâtie – Festival de Genève GENEVA CH (CH premiere)
29 August 2020 La Bâtie – Festival de Genève GENEVA CH
30 August 2020 La Bâtie – Festival de Genève GENEVA CH
31 August 2020 La Bâtie – Festival de Genève GENEVA CH
21 August 2020 Dansens Hus OSLO NO (NO premiere)
22 August 2020 Dansens Hus OSLO NO

23 August 2020 Dansens Hus OSLO NO
11 September 2020 tanzhaus nrw DÜSSELDORF DE
12 September 2020 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

2021

Spring 2021 French tour: Le Grand Bain/La Rose des Vents VILLENEUVE-
D’ASCQ – and more TBC)

04 May 2021 Sadler’s Wells LONDON UK
05 May 2021 Sadler’s Wells LONDON UK
Season 2020-2021 La Villette icw Théâtre de la Ville PARIS FR
+ more to confirm