• GT ONLINE: Jan Martens
      THE DOG DAYS ARE OVER

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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.

    Programmer Judith Blankenberg on The Dog Days Are Over
    The Dog Days Are Over was the first show by Jan Martens I ever saw. I was instantly fascinated by his view on dance, body and movement.
    Grand Theatre introduced Jan in Groningen with this show, followed by a pleasant collaboration with his platform GRIP and the artists he works with.
    I am very curious to see if the rhythm of the performance, which had moved me so at the time, will strike me again in this registration.”

  • GT ONLINE
  • During the corona crisis, Grand Theatre will broadcast special performances. Under the title GT Online, our employees present performances with which they have a special connection. Recordings of those performances will be available free of charge every Thursday and Friday from 20:30.


  • 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 | performance filmed by Lukas Dhont

  • Free of charge
  • Streamable for 24 hours, from 20:30

  • GT ONLINE
  • During the corona crisis, Grand Theatre will broadcast special performances. Under the title GT Online, our employees present performances with which they have a special connection. Recordings of those performances will be available free of charge every Thursday and Friday from 20:30.