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Jan Martens/GRIP & Dance On Ensemble

Jan Martens/GRIP & Dance On Ensemble

any attempt will end in crushed bodies and shattered bones

Jan Martens/GRIP & Dance On Ensemble

any attempt will end in crushed bodies and shattered bones

any attempt will end in crushed bodies and shattered bones is an ambitious, magnificent contemporary dance show on the power of individual action. Directly quoting Chinese President Xi Jinping’s ominous warning during the 2019 protests in Hong Kong, the title encapsules the verbal and physical violence that became the norm in our age.

At a time of extreme political polarization, Jan Martens gathers a diverse ensemble of seventeen performers of ages ranging from seventeen to seventy, and counters the divide by showing us direct democracy as a dance fable where each performer claims their place on stage while searching for their own voice. Respectful of each performer’s uniqueness, Martens created a masterful work that has met with enthusiastic audiences throughout the world.

The soundtrack features Henryk Górecki’s fascinating Harpsichord Concerto along with Max Roach’s jazz sounds, and spoken word by Kae Tempest.

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any attempt will end in crushed bodies and shattered bones / Jan Martens - Teaser
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22 SEP 2023
FRI 21:00

23 SEP 2023
SAT 19:00

Buy Tickets
Emílio Rui Vilar Auditorium
20€ (discounts)
Duration 90min


Governo FlamengoRádio FuturaPenguin Grupo Editorial


Jan Martens


Ty Boomershine, Truus Bronkhorst, Jim Buskens, Baptiste Cazaux, Zoë Chungong, Piet Defrancq, Naomi Gibson, Kimmy Ligtvoet, Cherish Menzo, Steven Michel, Gesine Moog, Dan Mussett, Wolf Overmeire, Tim Persent, Courtney May Robertson, Laura Vanborm, Loeka Willems


Pierre Bastin, Georgia Boddez, Zora Westbroek, Lia Witjes-Poole, Abigail Aleksander, Maisie Woodford, Simon Lelievre, Solal Mariotte


Jan Fedinger


Cédric Charlier


Passages taken from the novel Primavera by Ali Smith, Elsinore, 2019 (translated by Manuel Alberto Vieira).


Concerto for Harpsichord and String Orchestra Op. 40, de Henryk Górecki; People’s Faces, de Kae Tempest & Dan Carey; Triptych: Prayer/Protest/Peace, Maxwell Roach

Outside eye

Marc Vanrunxt, Renée Copraij, Rudi Meulemans, Siska Baeck


Michel Spang, Valentijn Weyn/Bennert Vancottem

Production manager

Sylvie Svanberg


GRIP, in collaboration with Dance On Ensemble

International distribution

A Propic / Line Rousseau, Marion Gauvent

International co-production

Kunstcentrum deSingel, Theater Freiburg, Sadler’s Wells, Julidans, Festival d’Avignon, Le Gymnase CDCN Roubaix Hauts-de-France, Norrlandsoperan, La Bâtie – Festival de Genève & ADC – Association pour la Danse Contemporaine Genève, tanzhaus nrw, Le Parvis Scène Nationale Tarbes-Pyrénéés, Perpodium, La Danse en grande forme (CNDC – Angers, Malandain Ballet Biarritz, La Manufacture – CDCN Nouvelle-Aquitaine Bordeaux – La Rochelle, CCN de Caen en Normandie, L’échangeur – CDCN Hauts-de-France, CCN2 – Grenoble, La Briqueterie – CDCN du Val de Marne, CCN – Ballet national de Marseille, CCN de Nantes, CCN d’Orléans, Atelier de Paris / CDCN, Le Gymnase CDCN Roubaix – Hauts-de-France, La Place de La Danse - CDCN Toulouse – Occitanie, MC2 – Grenoble)


De Grote Post (Oostende), Charleroi Danse, CCNO - Centre Chorégraphique National d'Orléans with Théâtre d’Orléans, December Dance (Concertgebouw e CC Brugge)

With the financial support of

Governo Flamengo, Cidade de Antuérpia, Tax Shelter of the Belgian Federal Government, Cronos Invest


Mr. Jean Chabert (Stanley/Stella)

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