German Premiere

Jan Martens

Big Stage
06.10.2017 – 07.10.2017
Drei Performer auf einer weißen Bühne.

Jan Martens’ new work, a work by a former house Factory Artist, was developed for three dancers, driven by the power of live music. The Belgian choreographer collaborated with the exceptional American drummer NAH, known for his both eclectic as well as ecstatic mix of drums played live and manipulated samples originating in punk, noise, avant jazz and hip hop. Out of this grows a concert of contrasts, between silence and explosion, precision and intuition, heart and mind, which will guest at tanzhaus nrw shortly after its premiere.

Known from internationally acclaimed, successful pieces by Jan Martens such as “Sweat Baby Sweat” or “The Dog Days are Over”, dancers Steven Michel and Julien Josse as well as newcomer Courtney Robertson make up a perfect trio, creating their own rules along the way. Jan Martens’ plays come alive with their authentic power and his unhindered perspective on essential things as well as his performers’ personalities. Jan Martens, Factory Artist at tanzhaus nrw from 2014 until 2015, has made a rapid ascent, in demand internationally with his energetic stagings. He is currently an artist in residence at the arts centre DeSingel in Antwerp. In Düsseldorf, he was featured last in the grand production “The Common People” in which 48 Düsseldorf citizens had touching encounters on stage every evening.

Duration: 60 min.

Accompanying Programme
Sat 07.10. discussion afterwards


Choreography: Jan Martens; Performance: Julien Josse, Steven Michel, Courtney May Robertson; Live-Music: NAH; Costumes: Valérie Hellebaut; Light: Jan Fedinger; Technical Supervision: Michel Spang; Production: GRIP; International Distribution: A Propic / Line Rousseau, Marion Gauvent.
A production by Jan Martens / GRIP, coproduced by tanzhaus nrw, Kunstzentrum deSingel Antwerpen, Théâtre de la Ville Paris / Festival d’Automne à Paris and Le Gymnase CDC Roubaix. Supported by the STUK Kunstzentrum Leuven and Grand Theatre. Funded by the flemish government of Belgium and the city of  Antwerpen.