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Jan Martens / GRIP

'Elisabeth gets her way'
Tue. 09.11.2021 - Thu. 11.11.2021
Tue 09.11.'21
Thu 11.11.'21

An ode in dance to an extraordinary woman

This intriguing solo by Jan Martens is a dance portrait of the Polish Elisabeth Chojnacka (1939-2017), an exceptionally talented and passionate musician who helped to launch a revival of harpsichord music. ‘Elisabeth gets her way’ pays homage to this remarkable woman. 

The solo performance is supported by documentary audio fragments and a soundtrack that ranges widely, from Nyman to Montague and Ligeti. Jan Martens is an extraordinary dancer who brings together different styles of movement. His work, like Chojnacka’s, is informed by several centuries of music history, effortlessly slaloming between different registers and genres.

Elisabeth Chojnacka first came to Martens’ attention during the creation process of 'any attempt will end in crushed bodies and shattered bones', which is to be performed as part of the Opera Ballet programme in December. Her sense of rhythm and willingness to colour outside the lines are what inspired Martens to capture her portrait in dance. As the 'muse' of many avant-garde composers, she also stoked Martens’ thinking regarding the relationship between creator and performer.

“Jan Martens legt in zijn solo ‘Elisabeth gets her way’ op zo’n ingenieuze en precieze manier de vinger op de vernieuwende betekenis van Elisabeth Chojnacka dat je vol bewondering achterblijft.”

- Annette Embrechts, De Volkskrant (*****)


Tue 09 to Thu 11.11 - 20:30 CAMPO
PODIUM / dance
€16 / 14 (-26j)
70 min.


choreography & dance: Jan Martens - sound engineer documentaire: Yanna Soentjens - lighting design: Elke Verachtert - costume design: Cédric Charlier - video & music: complete list of video fragments © Archives INA & music pieces @www.grip.house - outside eye: Marc Vanrunxt, Anne-Lise Brevers & Rudi Meulemans - technical direction: Michel Spang / Elke Verachtert - production: GRIP - international distribution: A Propic - Line Rousseau & Marion Gauvent - coproduction: deSingel (Antwerp), Les Hivernales – CDCN d’Avignon, Julidans (Amsterdam), C-TAKT & Perpodium (Antwerp) - residencies: deSingel (Antwerp), Les Hivernales – CDCN d’Avignon, Toneelhuis (Antwerp), ccBe (Antwerp), C-TAKT & CN D – Centre national de la danse (Paris) - with the financial support of: the Flemish gouvernement, the Tax Shelter of the Belgian Federal gouvernement & Cronos Invest - thanks to: INA - l'Institut National de l'Audiovisuel, Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo sous la Présidence de S.A.R. la Princesse de Hanovre - direction: Jean-Christophe Maillot, Graciane Finzi, Régis Mitonneau, Anne Montaron, Emmanuelle Tat, François-Bernard Mâche, Zygmunt Krauze, Stephen Montague, Raphaël de Gubernatis, Claire Verlet, Ty Boomershine, Joris van Oosterwijk, Liselotte Sels & Kinga Jaczewska


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