Concept / Choreography: Jan Martens
In artistic collaboration with Ty Boomershine, Amancio Gonzalez, Brit Rodemund, Christopher Roman and Jone San Martin
Outside Eye: Renee Copraij
Lighting Design: Dominique Pollet
Composition and Live-Electronics: Mattef Kuhlmey
Costume: Sophia Piepenbrock-Saitz
The times they are a-changing. In times when populists are taking over, with too much(internet-)space for everyone’s opinion, ultrapolarized debates and fake news, it seems there is no place for accuracy, for deep thinking and afterthought, for empathy. In Man Made, Jan Martens creates a choreographic and social system using the craft, knowledge, connections, experience and fragility of five dancers who have been dancing for years and years. Collaborating, listening to each other and making empathetic decisions in the moment will be key to bringing this complex moving system to a good end. Perhaps. A choreography that celebrates the ‘Arbeit’ of dancing and the possibility of tuning in with fellow humans, it shows how by doing and watching art, we try to become better human beings. Hopefully.
And the outcome? We don’t know the outcome – A trompe l’oeil? A fata morgana? Utopia? Perhaps. What we do know is that Man Made is a dynamic body of work with a much-needed touch of naïveté. A flash of light in dark times.
Premiere: 11 March 2017, Kampnagel Hamburg
Production: Dance On / DIEHL+RITTER gUG
Co-production: Kampnagel Hamburg