The jury of Het TheaterFestival included no less than two performances by Jan Martens in its selection: both ‘any attempt…’ and ELISABETH GETS HER WAY can be seen in Ghent in September as part of the festival. ‘any attempt…’ will be performed on September 8 and 9 at NTGent Schouwburg; for ELISABETH GETS HER WAY, you have to be at Kunstencentrum VIERNULVIER (in De Vooruit) on September 10 or 11.
From the jury report:
– ‘any attempt…’: ‘With a strong hand, Martens leads the way without stripping away the expression of others. Any Attempt is a cleverly conceived performance that is never strict, hermetic, or cerebral. On the contrary, it is admirably warm and creates a generous connection between the audience and the community on stage. Exactly what we were longing for after all those months of no contact.’
– ELISABETH GETS HER WAY: ‘Martens’ choice for a direct translation between dance and music – with rhythm, emotion, and intensity as a shared factor – makes the performance extraordinarily open and accessible.[…] Elisabeth gets her way is an exceptional artistic essay, a tribute from one great artist to another.’