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premiere D̶A̶R̶K̶MATTER

World premiere of D̶A̶R̶K̶MATTER by Cherish Menzo, a duet with Camilo Mejía Cortés and herself on stage. May 12-15 at Beursschouwburg, in the frame of Kunstenfestivaldesarts. Dutch premiere at Frascati later this month (May 25-28). And then on tour.


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Jan Martens & Opera Ballet Vlaanderen at the Cour d’honneur (Festival d’Avignon)

Jan Martens will combine his role as co-artistic director with GRIP with that of associate choreographer with Opera Ballet Vlaanderen in the coming seasons. In FUTUR PROCHE, together with fifteen dancers from OBV, two children, and harpsichordist Goska Isphording, he builds a performance about the imminent future. After two previous successful productions, Martens again finds […]

GRIP 2.0 – towards shared leadership

In 2023 GRIP, founded in 2014 by choreographer Jan Martens and business manager Klaartje Oerlemans, will evolve into an organisation with shared artistic leadership. In addition to Martens himself, current GRIP artists Cherish Menzo and Steven Michel will give shape to GRIP 2.0, together with newcomer Femke Gyselinck. They will do this in close dialogue […]

ELISABETH GETS HER WAY in Barcelona, Roubaix and Brussels cancelled

update 21/3: The performances in Brussels (24-26/3 at Les Brigittines) are now also cancelled. Unfortunately, Covid has again thrown a spanner in the works. The performances of ELISABETH GETS HER WAY on March 17 in Mercat de les Flors (Barcelona) and on March 22 in Le Gymnase CDCN (Roubaix – as part of Le Grand […]

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Lyon – change of program

Due to an injury, SWEAT BABY SWEAT in Lyon (Maison de la Danse) on March 8 unfortunately cannot take place. So far the bad news. Positive news: Jan will dance his solo ELISABETH GETS HER WAY instead of SWEAT.

new WeMeet sessions podiumkunsten

‘How do you respond?’ is an online discussion group examining workplace situations which arise in the performing arts and negatively impact people. By unpacking the topics we can identify broader industry problems and discuss what we can do about them on a personal and community level. The session is for open to everybody working in […]

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We’ve had – and are having – a ball in Paris. Last week, Cherish started her two week residency at La Villette, working on >D̶A̶R̶K̶MATTER<. She also performed >JEZEBEL< twice, at Le Carreau du Temple (in the frame of the Everybody Festival). Cherish will conclude her residency with a three day workshop (Feb 26-28). Jan […]

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‘ELISABETH…’ in Scandinavia

Jan Martens is touring with his solo >ELISABETH GETS HER WAY<. After Dansens Hus (Oslo) last week, Dansens Hus (Stockholm) and Norrlandsoperan (Umeå) are on the program. Initially any attempt will end in crushed bodies and shattered bones would be coming to Norway and Sweden but unfortunately omicron put a stop to that. 28 & 29/01 – […]

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ELISABETH GETS HER WAY replaces ‘any attempt…’ in Leuven

‘any attempt…’ cannot take place on Jan 18 & 19, due to a number of COVID infections within the company. Instead, Jan Martens will perform ELISABETH GETS HER WAY. Tickets stay valid for the new performance, or can be refunded. All ticket holders will be contacted directly by 30CC/STUK.

WeMeet session ‘on parenthood and (artistic) career’

On Thu Jan 13th Sociaal Fonds Podiumkunsten organises a WeMeet-session on parenthood and (artistic) career. Hosted by Ilse Ghekiere and Anneleen Keppens, artists and parents. The session will be in EN & NL, from 1 to 3pm and free of charge. http://bit.ly/wemeet-enrol

WeMeet-sessions podiumkunsten

sociaal fonds podiumkunsten is organising two (online) WeMeet sessions – on Dec 9 & 10. ‘How do you respond?’ is a discussion group examining workplace situations which arise in the performing arts and negatively impact people. By unpacking the topics we can identify broader industry problems and discuss what we can do about them on a […]

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Steven Michel’s >DATADREAM< is playing in Paris this week, from November 4 till 6 at >CN D – Centre national de la danse<.

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10 years of SWEAT BABY SWEAT

Ten years ago – on October 18, 2011 – Jan Martens’ SWEAT BABY SWEAT premiered at Frascati [Amsterdam, NL]. With power couple Kimmy Ligtvoet and Steven Michel, also part of the family for over ten years now. Both can be seen in ‘any attempt will end in crushed bodies and shattered bones’ – which is […]

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🇧🇪 premiere & tour ‘any attempt will end…’

The Belgian premiere of >any attempt will end in crushed bodies and shattered bones< – by Jan Martens/GRIP & Dance On Ensemble – takes place on Oct 20 at Les Écuries (Charleroi), in the frame of the biennale of >Charleroi danse<. Other BE dates: Oct 22 & 23: >DE SINGEL<, Antwerp (waiting list) Oct 27: >De […]

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🇳🇴 premiere JEZEBEL

>JEZEBEL< (Cherish Menzo) will be shown in Norway for the first time, on October 8 & 9 at >Dansens Hus< (Oslo).

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Two premieres this week. First in row is the German premiere of >ELISABETH GETS HER WAY< (Jan Martens), October 6 & 7 at >fabrik potsdam< (in Potsdam, obviously).

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FR premiere DATADREAM and ELISABETH GETS HER WAY at Actoral Festival

A beautiful GRIP double bill in the frame of actoral festival: both DATADREAM (Steven Michel) and ELISABETH GETS HER WAY (Jan Martens) have their French premiere at the festival, on September 28-29. The productions als shown at Friche la Belle de Mai and can be combined on one and the same evening. Tickets >here< and […]

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September 21-22, >ELISABETH GETS HER WAY< has its Belgian premiere at >kunstencentrum nona< (Mechelen, BE). This new solo by and with Jan Martens is a danced portrait of the Polish Elisabeth Chojnacka (1939 – 2017), an exceptionally talented and passionate musician who played a substantial part in the revival of harpsichord music in the mid-twentieth […]

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State of the Union by Jan Martens – text online

Jan Martens delivered this year’s State of the Union (on Sept 2), traditionally the opener of Het TheaterFestival and a new cultural season. You can read his text >here<. Anna Franziska Jäger and Nathan Ooms took the >State of the Youth< for their account.

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world premiere DATADREAM

On September 7 >DATADREAM< by Steven Michel will premiere during the >C-TAKT #7< festival at c-mine (Genk, BE). The French premiere takes place a couple of weeks later, with performances on September 28 and 29 as part of >festival actoral< (Marseille, FR). DATADREAM is a ritualistic solo in which Steven – who incarnates a sort […]

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On July 12th (and running until the 14th), the world premiere of >ELISABETH GETS HER WAY<, Jan Martens’ brand new solo, takes place at >Julidans<. The work will be a homage to – and portrait of – Elisabeth Chojnacka, an exceptional harpsichord player.

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Michele and Bára venturing out

After having had Bára Sigfúsdóttir and Michele Rizzo with us for many years, both are now setting sail for new horizons. Bára Sigfúsdóttir was with GRIP from the early beginning on, having produced numerous beautiful productions – the most recent one being FLÖKT – a flickering flow (2020). She’s leaving the nest to shape the rest of […]

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JEZEBEL Summer tour

Cherish Menzo kicked off her JEZEBEL Summer tour with a performance at Belluard Bollwerk (Fribourg, CH) last week-end. Full Summer schedule below: 03.07 Belluard Bollwerk, Fribourg CH 09.07 Festival de la Cité, Lausanne CH 10.07 Festival de la Cité Lausanne, CH 13.07 Santarcangelo Festival, Santarcangelo IT 14.07 Santarcangelo Festival, Santarcangelo IT 12.08 Theater De Nieuwe […]

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film interpretation ‘any attempt…’ selected for het theaterfestival

The film interpretation of >any attempt will end in crushed bodies and shattered bones< is part of Het TheaterFestival 2021-program (in the #specialhonours category) – which celebrates the most remarkable productions from the past season. Lukas Dhont focused his camera on Jan Martens’ production, filmed at DE SINGEL and produced by GRIP in collaboration with […]

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‘any attempt…’ – live stream for Dance München 2021

On May 6th at 7 pm, > any attempt will end in crushed bodies and shattered bones < will be live-streamed as part of > Dance Munich 2021 <. Live from Concertgebouw (Bruges, BE). The recording of 6 May will be shown again the following day. The performance will be followed by an artist talk […]

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‘any attempt…’ at Festival d’Avignon

Happy to announce that > any attempt will end in crushed bodies and shattered bones < by Jan Martens/GRIP & Dance On Ensemble is once more part of the Festival d’Avignon program – after last year’s cancelled edition. Rendez-vous for the performances in Avignon July 18-25 (fingers crossed, knock on wood, etc.)   in the meantime: […]

BOUGE B lockdown edition

The lockdown edition of BOUGE B – co-curated by Jan Martens – runs from March 18 till 21. With online work by Jan Fedinger, Anne-Lise Brevers and Siska Baeck & Maya Callaert – and at deSingel itself an installation work by Karel Burssens. More on SHY WORKS (Anne-Lise Brevers), not yet almost there (Siska Baeck & […]

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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 […]

#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 […]