- 16—18.02.2023 20:30
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.