ODE TO THE ATTEMPT is a new solo that Martens created for himself. After creating some almost dogmatic pieces as THE DOG DAYS ARE OVER and SWEAT BABY SWEAT, this new solo is a freeplace for Martens to fool around. The result is a collage-like self-portrait laying bare choreographic and other choices and his way of working and living.
Authenticity, manipulation, coolness, perfectionism, humor and melancholy form the extremes between which Martens moves, wondering wether he is part of the new generation.
ROSS DOUTHAT in the NEW YORK TIMES, march 15 2014:
"In the future, it seems, there will be only one “ism” — Individualism — and its rule will never end. As for religion, it shall decline; as for marriage, it shall be postponed; as for ideologies, they shall be rejected; as for patriotism, it shall be abandoned; as for strangers, they shall be distrusted.
Only pot, selfies and Facebook will abide."
from and with jan martens
thank you jeroen bosch, kristin de groot, joris van oosterwijk and all the Bproject Partners:
Jheronimus Bosch 500 (NL), Comune di Bassano del Grappa (IT), Dance Umbrella London (UK) , La Briqueterie/CDC du Val de Marne (FR), D.ID Dance Identity (AT), Festival CEMENT (NL), Dansateliers Rotterdam (NL)
supported by the Dutch Performing Arts Fund
Jan Martens is artist in residence at ICKamsterdam and DansBrabant
26 of march 2014 festival cement den bosch NL
27 of march 2014 festival cement den bosch NL
10 of may 2014 tanztage burgenland pinkafeld AU
5 of june 2014 queer zagreb CR
20 of june 2014 seasoning united-c eindhoven NL
26 of september 2014 abrons arts center / queer new york US
6 of november 2014 dansehallerne copenhagen DK
3 of december 2014 campo ghent BE
4 of december 2014 campo ghent BE
17 of january 2015 tanzhaus nrw DE
29 of march 2015 biennale de la danse du val-de-marne FR
11 of april 2015 motel mozaique rotterdamse schouwburg rotterdam NL
16 of may 2015 dansweek rotterdamse schouwburg rotterdam NL