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Jan Martens & Dance On Ensemble

Choreography: Jan Martens

Cast: 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, Loeka Willems
Understudies: Pierre Bastin, Georgia Boddez, Wannes Labath, Zora Westbroek

Artistic Assistance: Anne-Lise Brevers
Lighting Design: Jan Fedinger
Advice: Marc Vanrunxt, Renée Copraij and Rudi Meulemans

Production: GRIP
In collaboration with the Dance On Ensemble

International Distribution: A Propic / Line Rousseau and Marion Gauvent
Co-Production: deSingel internationale arts campus (Antwerp, BE), Theater Freiburg (DE), Sadler’s Wells (Londen, UK), Théâtre de la Ville – Paris (FR), 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), more tbc
With support of: De Grote Post (Ostend, BE), CCNO - Centre Chorégraphique National d'Orléans icw Théâtre d’Orléans, Charleroi Danse (BE), more tbc
With financial support of: the Flemish Government

Premiere: 23 April 2020, deSingel, Antwerp (BE)

In the new creation, Jan Martens for the first time fully directs his attention to the big stage. BIG CREATION 2020 is a production with and for seventeen dancers of different ages on the (non)sense of progress, and standing still as an act of rebellion.

In BIG CREATION 2020 we see familiar faces from earlier productions by Jan Martens – 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 seventeen dancers – and unique personalities – that spans several generations: the youngest is 15 years of age, the oldest 68. Individuals find and reinforce each other and form an irreversible force. Small internal shifts together obtain the power of an earthquake.

BIG CREATION 2020 mainly looks at the moments when someone – or the group as a whole – goes against the flow, stands still, or retreates to the margins. The withdrawal from the maelstrom as an act of rebellion. Certain forms of progress – and their speed – are being questioned. It will be a rich performance that does not hesitate to seek out the ecstatic and a few moments later fold back back to the hyperintimistic. From hard to shamelessly romantic. With a broad soundtrack that, among other things, contains protest songs from different eras.

BIG CREATION 2020 will be an ode to civil disobedience, revolting and stepping out of line. Conjuring progress. What happens if you decide to simply not participate anymore?