• 16—18.02.2023 20:30
Chapel, 70’

Meet the artist after the show on 17.02

In this dance portrait, Jan Martens pays tribute to Elisabeth Chojnacka, the Polish 20th-century cult harpsichordist, who inspired the greatest composers, including Ligeti, Xenakis and Górecki with her incredible talent and who collaborated with Lucinda Childs.

Through an alternation between dance and sound interviews of her close friends, he navigates the movement the way she slalomed with her fingertips through centuries of music history. Jan Martens plays with his body in the same spirit as Elisabeth Chojnacka played the harpsichord, with the "fire of life" to quote Ligeti. While dancing, he stays close to the scores and their colourful personalities. He indulges in the quasi-mathematically complex rhythms that allow for repetition, minimalism and trance. For they have this in common: transforming the performance into a creative gesture.

Chore­og­ra­phy, dance :
Jan Martens
Sound engi­neer documentary :
Yan­na Soentjens
Light :
Elke Ver­achtert
Cos­tume :
Cédric Char­li­er
Video, music :
full list of video excerpts (© Archives INA) and musi­cal pieces via www.grip.house
Video edit­ing :
Sabine Groe­newe­gen
Out­side eye :
Marc Van­runxt, Anne-Lise Bre­vers, Rudi Meulemans
Tech­ni­cal direction :
Elke Ver­achtert
Foto’s :
© Luis Xertu
Pro­duc­tion :
Inter­na­tion­al distribution :
A Prop­ic — Line Rousseau et Mar­i­on Gauvent
Copro­duc­tion :
DE SIN­GEL (Anvers, BE), Les Hiver­nales – CDCN d’Avignon (FR), Jul­i­dans (Ams­ter­dam, NL), C‑TAKT (Lim­bourg, BE), Per­podi­um (BE)
Res­i­den­cies :
DE SIN­GEL (Antwerp, BE), Les Hiver­nales – CDCN d’Avignon (FR), Toneel­huis (Antwerp, BE), ccBe (Antwerp, BE), C‑TAKT (Lim­burg, BE) and CN D – Cen­tre nation­al de la danse (Paris, FR)
With the finan­cial sup­port of :
the Flem­ish Gov­ern­ment, Tax Shel­ter of the Bel­gian Fed­er­al, Gov­ern­ment, 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