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film adaptation ‘any attempt…’

At the beginning of February Lukas Dhont (known for a.o. the Caméra d’Or-winning Girl) and his team landed at deSingel to make a film adaptation of >any attempt will end in crushed bodies and shattered bones< – together with choreographer Jan Martens. Lukas and Jan have previously worked together on >THE COMMON PEOPLE< (2016). Jan also choreographed Lukas’ short film Révélations 2020, a commission by the Académie des César & Chanel featuring 36 young actors nominated in the ‘Meilleur Espoir’ category. The film will premiere at the end of April (exact date TBC) on >PODIUM 19< – a new pop-up culture channel which brings a wide range of mainly brand new concerts, music theatre and dance performances from the big stages to your living room. Created, programmed and curated by the Flemish Arts Institutes. After the television premiere, the film remains available for streaming for 30 days on the platform >VRT NU<. The film was realised with the support of the Flemish Government (cultural activity fund).


#kijknietweg (don’t look away)

GRIP supports the #kijknietweg (meaning: don’t look away) campaign launched by >1712<. 1712 is the professional helpline of the Flemish government for questions about violence, abuse and child abuse. The #kijknietweg campaign is specifically aimed at the sports and culture sector and is part of the action plan against cross-border behaviour in those sectors. With the […]

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premiere ‘Period Piece’

The Ballet de l’Opéra de Lyon starts its season with seven solo works, the first part of the ‘Danser Encore’ project that brings together 30 dancers of the company with 30 well-known choreographers. On 17 September, Period Piece will premiere, the solo for which Jan Martens is collaborating with dancer Kristina Bentz. They worked together […]

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new premiere date ‘any attempt will end in crushed bodies and shattered bones’

In order to prevent the further spread of COVID-19, all theaters were closed down this spring. As a result, the premiere run of any attempt will end in crushed bodies and shattered bones in deSingel at the end of April was unfortunately also cancelled. Now, a few months later down the road, we are pleased […]

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Cherish Menzo nominated for Dutch Dance Days Award

Cherish Menzo is one of the nominees for the Dutch Dance Days 2020 Award, together with Gil Gomes Leal and Roshanak Morrowatian. Every year, the Nederlandse Dansdagen (Dutch Dance Days) invite professionals from the dance field and dance lovers from all over The Netherlands to nominate promising choreographers, who have not yet received a structural […]

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‘any attempt will end…’ at Festival d’Avignon

update – due to the COVID-19 situation, this year’s Festival d’Avignon – and therefore also the performance run – has been cancelled. >any attempt will end in crushed bodies and shattered bones< by Jan Martens/GRIP & Dance On Ensemble is part of the official selection of the Festival d’Avignon, two years after Jan showed ODE […]

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GRIP welcomes Cherish Menzo

update 12.03.2020 – due to the COVID-19 situation, Jezebel in CAMPO [March 19th] and at Festival Cement [March 20th & 21st] & Motel Mozaïque [April 18th] has been cancelled. Thanks for your understanding!   GRIP is happy to have Cherish Menzo on board from now on, starting with the international distribution of Jezebel, a work […]


Roughly 2.5y after its premiere at deSingel (Antwerp, BE), tonight the last RULE OF THREE ever will be performed – at the gorgeous Teatro Calderón (Valladolid, ES). This after many European stops and overseas excursions to South Africa, Taiwan and the United States of America. Much gratitude to everyone involved in making this performance into […]

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premiere FLÖKT – a flickering flow

>FLÖKT – a flickering flow< – the newest offering by choreographer Bára Sigfúsdóttir & visual artist Tinna Ottesen premiered last Wednesday at kunstencentrum nona (Mechelen BE). Next Friday – Feb 28 – FLÖKT is shown during (B)its of Dance in Bruges – at KAAP and icw Concertgebouw Brugge and CC Brugge (Bruges). Afterwards the piece […]

Bára Sigfúsdóttir on rehearsal process ‘FLÖKT – a flickering flow’

>Bára Sigfúsdóttir< together with visual artist Tinna Ottesen are working towards the premiere of >FLÖKT – a flickering flow< (February 19-21 in kunstencentrum nona – Mechelen). At the moment they are in residency at C-TAKT/Dommelhof (Neerpelt). In December they focused on the development of the movement material, at the Bora Bora Residency Centre (Arhus DK). Bora […]

Funding cuts in the cultural field

Last Saturday, Flemish Minister of Culture Jan Jambon announced that the subsidies in the Flemish cultural field will be drastically cut as of January 1st, 2020. The project funding pot will be decimated by 60% – from 8.5 to approx. 3.5 million euros per year. The structurally subsidised arts organisations will lose 6% of their funding, […]

German premiere lostmovements at euro-scene leipzig

lostmovements by Jan Martens and Marc Vanrunxt has its German premiere on Nov 6th at euro-scene leipzig festival – to which Jan has been invited several times in the past. The performance will also be shown at the festival the day after, on the 7th.


At the end of October, both RULE OF THREE and ODE TO THE ATTEMPT have their Taiwanese premiere at Dance Autumn Festival. The pieces will be performed as a double bill in the National Performing Arts Center – National Concert Hall in Taipei – on 24, 25, 26 & 27 October. Fancy an afterparty? Powerhouse […]

TIDE on tour in October

Bára Sigfúsdóttir and Eivind Lønning are going on the road again with TIDE. In October you can see them at the following places: 03.10.2019: kunsthall trondheim TRONDHEIM NO 05.10.2019: storstuggu RØROS NO 12.10.2019: beursschouwburg BRUSSELS BE 20.10.2019: festival densités FRESNES-EN-WOËVRES FR

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lostmovements Fall tour

Jan and Marc locked themselves up in the dance studio to prepare the grand return of lostmovements. Make sure to catch the performance at one of the following places: 20.09.2019: cc de schakel WAREGEM BE 05.10.2019: cc de factorij ZAVENTEM BE 08.10.2019: theater rotterdam ROTTERDAM NL 10, 11 & 12.10.2019: les brigittines BRUSSELS BE 06 & […]

SWEAT BABY SWEAT © Klaartje Lambrechts


Jan Martens‘ SWEAT BABY SWEAT (2011) is back in town. This Fall in France, United Kingdom and The Netherlands. 18 & 19.09.2019: lafayette anticipations – in the frame of échelle humaine / festival d’automne . PARIS FR 07.11.2019: goudse schouwburg . GOUDA NL 09.11.2019: cardiff dance festival . CARDIFF UK 15.11.2019: l’onde . VÉLIZY-VILLACOUBLAY FR more […]

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Steven Michel & Théo Mercier win a Silver Lion

Steven Michel en Théo Mercier received a Silver Lion at the Venice Biennale – a prize for young, promising artists working in the field of dance. They got the prize at the occasion of their recent collaboration – Affordable Solution For Better Living – produced by Nanterre-Amandiers (distribution Art Happens).

being © Aëla Labbé

being © Aëla Labbé

July tour ‘being’ in Iran

In July, Bára Sigfúsdóttir is touring Iran with being. The production had its Iranian premiere in 2018 at the 21st International Iranian Festival of University Theater (IIFUT) in Tehran, before traveling to Sari. 2019 Iran dates: July 07, 08 & 09: Nofelloshato venue – Tehran July 16 & 17: Hamoon Theatre Hall – Rasht July 23 […]

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RULE OF THREE opens Sommerszene Festival

The last RULE OF THREE‘s before the Summer break takes place at Sommerszene. The performance by Jan Martens & NAH opens the Salzburg festival on June 17 & 18. Info & tickets (photo: Phile Deprez)

Deposition by Michele Rizzo © Lukas Heistinger

Italian premiere DEPOSITION by Michele Rizzo

April 30 the Italian premiere of DEPOSITION by Michele Rizzo takes place in Milan. DEPOSITION is the last installment in a trilogy, preceded by Higher and Spacewalk. Place to be is FOG Triennale Milano Performing Arts, coproducer of the performance.


Cancellations due to illness

Due to illness, the following performances with Jan Martens are unfortunately cancelled. We were looking forward to playing Utrecht, Tongeren, The Hague and Paris – and hope to be back soon. 24 & 25/4: lostmovements, Theater Kikker, UTRECHT NL 27/4: lostmovements, Cc De Velinx, TONGEREN BE 28/4: ODE TO THE ATTEMPT, Korzo, DEN HAAG NL 6, 7, […]

GRIP evenings Amsterdam & Tilburg

From Wednesday 10 to Saturday 13 April, the Nes is all about GRIP. Both Frascati and the Brakke Grond show work by Jan Martens, Bára Sigfúsdóttir, Steven Michel and Michele Rizzo over the course of four evenings. You can find the full program here. The week after – from April 17 to 19 – we […]

RULE OF THREE in South Africa in the frame of Flemish Dance Season

RULE OF THREE by Jan Martens + NAH is playing South Africa in March in the frame of Flemish Dance Season, a collaboration between Flanders and South Africa, supported by the Government of Flanders. The South African premiere takes place on March 16th at The Market Theatre (Johannesburg), the week after it travels to KKNK – Klein Karoo Nasionale […]

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Premiere DEPOSITION at End of Winter Festival

> DEPOSITION < is a term borrowed from physics, referring to the process of turning volatile material into solid matter. In this solo performance, artist and interpreter > Michele Rizzo <, draws inspiration from this specific process of transformation to present to the audience a possible reverse transcendence. Starting from trance-like minimal movement, Michele proposes a dance between […]

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Premiere lostmovements in Antwerp

Jan Martens en Marc Vanrunxt present > lostmovements <, a solo for Jan. For lostmovements they delve into their own vocabulary, and get inspired by the greats from past and present times: choreographers, composers and other role models. lostmovements is een overgave aan de muziek, aan het materiaal, en aan elkaar. Een ongegeneerd opgaan in het universum van de ander. lostmovements is […]


choreographer Jan Martens is looking for 3 f/m/x DANCERS for an apprenticeship contract (January 2020 – July 2020)

choreographer Jan Martens & GRIP are looking for 3 f/m/x DANCERS for an apprenticeship contract (January 2020 – July 2020)* In 2020 Jan Martens will start with the creation of a new piece called MOVING FORWARD STANDING STILL, a big scale production with 15 performers. The apprentices will be the understudies for these 15 performers. They should be free during the […]

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Teaser lostmovements by Marc Vanrunxt & Jan Martens

‘Lost is just another word for waiting to be found’ – Noah Charney A first teaser for >lostmovements< – a solo by Marc Vanrunxt & Jan Martens for Jan  – is online. You can watch it on >our vimeo page<. >lostmovements< is a production by kunst/werk and GRIP. Premiere on January 30, 2019 in deSingel.

being © Aëla Labbé

Bára’s busy month of December

Bára is closing off the second half of the year – after past performances in Amsterdam, Potsdam en Istanbul – with a  nicely filled month of December. >The Lover< can be seen at >kunstencentrum NONA< (Mechelen, BE) on December 6th. >being< goes to >Theater Kikker< (Utrecht, NL) on December 7th >STUK< (Leuven, BE) on December 11th & 12th, where […]

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World premiere PASSING THE BECHDEL TEST on November 6

In PASSING THE BECHDEL TEST, Jan Martens, together with 13 youths, draws up a report on the state of affairs in matters of gender diversity and gender equality in the world today. Thirteen youths crawl into each other’s skin and into that of women authors and personalities from the past and present, from Woolf to […]

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German premiere TIDE at fabrik Potsdam

On Oct 12 & 13 the German premiere of > TIDE < takes place at fabrik Potsdam. TIDE is an ongoing exchange between Icelandic dancer and choreographer Bára Sigfúsdóttir and Norwegian composer and trumpet player Eivind Lønning. A piece where music and dance merge together into one experience, not only to be perceived by the eyes […]

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ZiZo Magazine spent the day in the rehearsal studio of PASSING THE BECHDEL TEST, and talked to Jan Martens about the upcoming premiere of this new coproduction with fABULEUS. You can read the article >here< (in Dutch).

A choreographers’ statement

‘We will no longer look the other way. We commit to a collective effort towards a healthy working environment across the performing arts field.’ A long and growing list of choreographers declare their solidarity with those coming forward with testimonies about abusive behavior in our sector, as well as in other fields of work. You can […]


ODE TO THE ATTEMPT at Festival d’Avignon

From July 21 to 24, Jan Martens is bringing ODE TO THE ATTEMPT to the Festival d’Avignon, a Summer highlight for many avid theatregoers. The show will be presented in a double bill together with Ben & Luc by Mickaël Phelippeau, at Les Hivernales – CDCN d’Avignon.

RULE OF THREE © Phile Deprez

RULE OF THREE nominated for a Zwaan/Swan

RULE OF THREE by Jan Martens & NAH is nominated for a  Zwaan (Dutch for Swan) in the category ‘most impressive dance production of 2018’. The other two nominees are NDT/Franck Chartier with The hidden floor and Stephen Shropshire/KORZO with We are nowhere else but here. De Zwanen are the most important dance prize in […]

Icelandic premiere for THE LOVER

Three years after its world premiere during Performatik and 50 years Beursschouwburg in Brussels in 2015, THE LOVER will finally have its Icelandic premiere this June! On June 7+8 you can discover the work in the frame of Listahatid 2018 (Reykjavík Arts Festival) at the Tjarnarbío theater. THE LOVER will return to Belgium next season […]

Iranian tour for Bára Sigfúsdóttir

In May, Bára Sigfúsdóttir, Eivind Lønning, Masoumeh Jalalieh and Alireza Mirmohammadi will travel to Iran for a short mini-tour of the works being and TIDE. First stop will be the Iran International University Theater Festival in Tehran where they will be performing TIDE on May 12 at Molavi Hall and being on May 13+14 at Mehregan Hall. […]

Andrade, Michiel Vandevelde | Editie 2017 From Brussels with Love

Andrade, Michiel Vandevelde | Editie 2017 From Brussels with Love

‘From Brussels with Love’ during Kunstenfestivaldesarts

‘From Brussels with Love’ is a visitors’s programme aimed at international performing arts programmers which allows them to immerse themselves in the work of Brussels- and Ghent-based artists, discover interesting venues in Brussels and Ghent, and meet with artists as well as with Belgian and international colleagues. The programme will take place during Kunstenfestivaldesarts, on 16, […]


At the beginning of April, Kimmy and Steven travelled way up north for the Swedish mini tour of SWEAT BABY SWEAT. From April 7 until April 18 you can see them in the following cities:

Opening ‘Spacewalk’ at Il Colorificio (IT)

On 23rd of February 2018, Michele Rizzo’s new installation Spacewalk had its successful opening at Il Colorificio (Milan, IT). Previously, Michele made a performance by the same name, suited for the theatre space. In the installation-version which can be seen at Il Colorificio, he uses the same performative and choreographic principles in a new form, […]

RULE OF THREE © Phile Deprez

RULE OF THREE © Phile Deprez

four **** premiere for RULE OF THREE

On 28, 29 and 30 September, the newest production of Jan Martens RULE OF THREE had its premiere at deSingel international arts campus in Antwerp. After having received three raving reviews in De Morgen, De Standaard and Cutting Edge the team is more than ready for the upcoming (international) tour!

Michele Rizzo © Titus Elias

new GRIP artist > Michele Rizzo

This season we are supporting a new GRIP artist: Michele Rizzo. Michele will continue touring his performance HIGHER (2015) and will reprise his most recent work Spacewalk (2017), which premiered last March at Something Raw in Amsterdam. >> more info about Michele <<

'being' in Tehran © Sara Vanderieck

‘being’ in Tehran

After a relaxing holiday, Bára Sigfúsdóttir and dramaturge Sara Vanderieck left for Tehran on 26 of August to continue the creation of Bára’s new performance being. Together with Masoumeh and SeyedAlireza they will continue the creative process there for the coming three weeks. Latest developments and impressions can still be found on www.projectbeing.net !