Spaced dancers in grey against a grey background in Jan Martens: any attempt will end in crushed bodies and shattered bones. Photo © Phile Deprez

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Jan Martens: any attempt will end in crushed bodies and shattered bones

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Jan Martens: any attempt will end in crushed bodies and shattered bones. Photo © Phile Deprez

A stripped down but hyperkinetic composition invokes a collective will

 

After a full year of ‘pandemic post­pone­ments’ and ‘covid cancellations’, Belgian choreographer Jan Martens finally raises the curtains on his new dance creation, any attempt will end in crushed bodies and shattered bones, a large-scale production featuring 17 performers aged 16 to 69. For this film adaptation of the piece, Martens teamed up with long-standing companion and Caméra d’Or laureate Lukas Dhont – and it is through his meticulous approach to documenting the dance, dissecting the order and anarchy within it, that…

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