ODE TO THE ATTEMPT
ODE TO THE ATTEMPT (a solo for meself)
ODE TO THE ATTEMPT is a new solo that Martens created for himself. After creating some almost dogmatic pieces as THE DOG DAYS ARE OVER and SWEAT BABY SWEAT, this new solo is a freeplace for Martens
to fool around. The result is a collage-like self-portrait laying bare choreographic and other choices and his way of working and living. Authenticity, manipulation, coolness, perfectionism, humor and melancholy form the extremes between which Martens moves, wondering wether he is part of the new generation.
In this solo Martens gives an insight into his way of working and living. He is standing in his most simplicity in front of you, inviting you to have a look in his head and computer.
”WORKOUTS FOR THE MIND, DRESSED IN CHEEKY HUMOR” THE NEW YORK TIMES, September 2014
JAN MARTENS about ODE TO THE ATTEMPT
To be alone on stage is after creating a group work for 8 dancers like coming home. But at the same time it stays a fight with yourself, because that is what creating art is about: having something to say, and doubting the next day wether what you say is of any importance to any one.
To stamp against shins, but at the same time wanting to be accepted. Choose between radicality or not.
Between hitting or giving warmth.
Between taking space or leaving the space for somebody else. Between being hermetic or to communicate.
and to research wether it all is possible at once.
After all these almost dogmatic pieces I created, I had enough of consistency. That’s why this solo is all over the place. In that sense it has become very consistent again. Haha.
Also I wanted to get back to essence again. Why we like to dance; the simplest form of making a dance performance: putting on a song and dance to that.
By executing light and music myself, I have more possibility to play with timing, with the order of the scenes, or even with adding and skipping scenes.
Every night is in that sense unique. It is a constant communication with the audience, and trying to get my needs and those of the audience together.
The computer is helping me with that. I am part of a generation for who coputer and smartphone have become almost part of the body, something which is there at hand to give you information, knowledge, images. To promote yourself as well.
As was written in a column we are in the age of the individual. Narcism galore.
ROSS DOUTHAT in the NEW YORK TIMES, march 15 2014:
“In the future, it seems, there will be only one “ism” — Individualism — and its rule will never end. As for religion, it shall decline; as for marriage, it shall be postponed; as for ideologies, they shall be rejected; as for patriotism, it shall be abandoned; as for strangers, they shall be distrusted.
Only pot, selfies and Facebook will abide.”
PREMIÈRE: 26 March 2014, Festival Cement ‘s-Hertogenbosch (NL)
By and with: Jan Martens
Time: 30 minuten
International bookings: A Propic / Line Rousseau en Marion Gauvent
Thanks to: Jeroen Bosch, Kristin de Groot, Michel Spang, Joris van Oosterwijk en alle Bproject Partners (co-financiering door de Europese Commissie): Jheronimus Bosch 500 (NL), Comune di Bassano del Grappa (IT), Dance Umbrella London (UK), La Briqueterie/CDC du Val de Marne (FR), D.ID Dance Identity (AT), Festival Cement (NL) en Dansateliers Rotterdam (NL)
For pressmap, financial and technial conditions please contact Line Rousseau or Marion Gauvent
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