Jan Martens & fABULEUS

‘There are some stories which need to be retold by each generation.’ Virginia Woolf, 1927

We are thirteen.
We are between fourteen and nineteen years old
and (don’t) feel like girls or women.
We talk.
We speak the words of writers and thinkers,
from Virginia Woolf to Susan Sontag,
from Toni Morrison to Maggie Nelson.
They take shape in us.
We find shape in each other.
We make ourselves who we are
and what we want to become,
what we can become,
because the possibilities are infinite.
We are a snapshot of the now.
A state of affairs.
A manifesto for the future.

In PASSING THE BECHDEL TEST, choreographer Jan Martens opts for language in a radical manner. Because free speech is one of the few instruments left to liberate ourselves.*

Together with 13 youths, Jan draws up a report on the state of affairs in matters of gender diversity and gender equality in the world today. They crawl into each other’s skin and into that of women authors and personalities from the past and present, from Woolf to Winterson, from Sontag to Solnit. Text fragments from letters, diaries, lyrics, essays and TED talks form the frame of the performance. Drawing on his choreographic perspective, Jan Martens designs a manifesto for the future.

* paraphrasing Rachida Lamrabet

BY: Jan Martens
WITH: Isabel Braamkolk, Noor Caestecker, A. Claassen, Renée De Coninck, Luna Glowacki, Bente Govaerts, Noor Hollemeersch, Birgit Lesage, Marie Libens, Hannah Peiren, Celina Vercruysse, Yanou Van Dessel & Mirren Vandenberk
DRAMATURGY: Peter Anthonissen
ADVICE: Rudi Meulemans
LIGHTING DESIGN: Elke Verachtert
SURTITLING: Erik Borgman
PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT: Teresa Wouters & Sylvie Svanberg
DISTRIBUTION: Vincent Company
INTERNATIONAL DISTRIBUTION: A Propic / Line Rousseau & Marion Gauvent
THANKS TO: Renée Copraij, Fransien van der Putt, Moos van den Broek, Simone Atangana Bekono & Siska Baeck
CO-PRODUCED BY: tanzhaus nrw & STUK
WITH THE SUPPORT OF: the Flemish Government & City of Leuven

Photo by: Maarten van den Abeele

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


under construction

06 nov 2018 STUK LEUVEN BE (premiere)
07 nov 2018 STUK LEUVEN BE
08 nov 2018 STUK LEUVEN BE
14 nov 2018 Beursschouwburg BRUSSELS BE
15 nov 2018 Beursschouwburg BRUSSELS BE
20 nov 2018 La Condition Publique NEXT festival ROUBAIX FR
22 nov 2018 CAMPO GHENT BE
23 nov 2018 CAMPO GHENT BE

03 feb 2019 desingel ANTWERP BE
march 2019 tanzhaus nrw DÜSSELDORF DE
11 mar 2019 cc zwaneberg HEIST-OP-DEN-BERG BE
15 mar 2019 cc de werf AALST BE
6 apr 2019 tweetakt UTRECHT NL
10 apr 2019 frascati AMSTERDAM NL
11 apr 2019 frascati AMSTERDAM NL
12 apr 2019 rotterdamse schouwburg ROTTERDAM NL
18 apr 2019 chassé theater BREDA
26 apr 2019 cc sint-niklaas SINT-NIKLAAS BE
30 apr 2019 c-mine GENK BE
10 may 2019 cc de factorij ZAVENTEM BE
15 may 2019 cc het gasthuis AARSCHOT BE
17 may 2019 cc de grote post OSTEND