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Any attempt will end in crushed bodies and shattered bones

Jan Martens / GRIP & Dance On Ensemble


With 17 performers aged between 16 and 69 of different personalities, this piece, premiered at the Avignon Festival, looks back at protest songs from different generations.

Programmed by the Mercat de les Flors in collaboration with Dansa Metropolitana.

This is Jan Martens’s first creation for the big stage, which he premiered at the Avignon Festival last July. It has 17 performers with unique personalities who span several generations, the youngest being 16 and the oldest 69, with significant differences between them with regard to their career and technical training, but in which each one finds their place in the piece. Their performance rests on a soundtrack made up of protest songs from different generations.

The Belgian choreographer and dancer Jan Martens believes that every body has something to say. With each new piece he tries to redraw the relationship between the audience and the performer. Martens is an associate artist of deSingel in Antwerp (Belgium) and he has his own production company and choreographic platform GRIP, founded together with the manager Klaartje Oerlemans.

On Friday 19 March there will be an introductory session to the show in the context of the Mercat de les Flors programme ‘Una Hora Abans’.

Planned functions


Mercat de les Flors
19 March at 20:00 h
Mercat de les Flors
20 March at 18:00 h