• Jan Martens

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  • In THE DOG DAYS ARE OVER, the dancer is defined as a pure performer, striving after perfection. Subjected to a complex, mathematical, vigorous and exhausting choreography executed in forced uniformity, the eight dancers ultimately slip up. And then their masks fall.

    The American photographer Philippe Halsman once said: “When you ask a person to jump, his attention is mostly directed toward the act of jumping and the mask falls so that the real person appears.” Jan Martens takes this stand as a starting point for THE DOG DAYS ARE OVER and exposes through the jump the person behind the dancer. Thanks to its radical choreographic form, the performance reveals the audience’s perception of dancers, choreographers, spectators and the current cultural policy.

    concept and choreography Jan Martens | dance Cherish Menzo, Nelle Hens, Naomi Gibson, Kimmy Ligtvoet, Julien Josse, Laura Vanborm, Steven Michel, Piet Defrancq | light Jan Fedinger | dramaturgy Renée Copraij | technics Michel Spang