Jan Martens


Théâtre de la Ville – Sarah Bernhardt
novembernov 19 – 23

Creation 2024


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Théâtre de la Ville – Sarah Bernhardt

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Choreography Jan Martens. Co-creation and performance Elisha Mercelina, Steven Michel, Courtney May Robertson, Mamadou Wagué, Loeka Willems, Sue-Yeon Youn and/or Pierre Adrien Touret, Zora Westbroek. Music 13 music pieces sung by women. Rehearsals Zora Westbroek, Naomi Gibson. Lighting design Jan Fedinger. Costume design Sofie Durnez. Scenography Joris van Oosterwijk. Sound design Vincent Philippart, Valentijn Weyn, Jo Heijens. Vocal coaching Ine Claes, Maxime Montjotin. Realisation costumes and scenography Théâtre de Liège. Interns Malick Cissé, Sien Wils. Artistic advice Marc Vanrunxt, Rudi Meulemans, Femke Gyselinck. Trailer and teasers Stanislav Dobák. Graphic design Nick Mattan. Tour engineers Elke Verachtert, Valentijn Weyn, Vincent Philippart. 

Production GRIP – Anneleen Hermans, Rudi Meulemans, Lize Meynaerts, Klaartje Oerlemans, Jennifer Piasecki, Sylvie Svanberg, Ruud Van Moorleghem, Nele Verreyken
International distribution A Propic – Line Rousseau, Marion Gauvent, Lara van Lookeren 
Coproduction La Comédie de Clermont-Ferrand – Scène nationale ; Maison de la danse de Lyon – Pôle Européen de Création ; DE SINGEL (Antwerp) ; Théâtre de Liège ; Julidans (Amsterdam) ; Le Manège, scène nationale – Reims ; Romaeuropa Festival ; DDD – Festival Dias da Dança (Porto) ; Le Carreau – Scène nationale de Forbach et de l’Est mosellan ; Charleroi danse – Centre chorégraphique de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles ; Festspielhaus St-Pölten ; Tanzhaus nrw (Düsseldorf) ; Théâtre de la Ville-Paris ; Équinoxe – Scène nationale de Châteauroux ; Theater Rotterdam ; Perpodium (Antwerp) ; Festival d’Automne à Paris
Residencies La Comédie de Clermont-Ferrand – Scène nationale ; DE SINGEL (Antwerp) ; Charleroi danse – Centre chorégraphique de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles
With the support of the Flemish Government; Tax Shelter from the Belgian Federal Government by BNPPFFF
With the support of Dance Reflections by Van Cleef & Arpels 

The Théâtre de la Ville-Paris and the Festival d'Automne à Paris are co-producers of this show and present it as a co-realisation.

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In this breakthrough piece for Jan Martens, VOICE NOISE brings together six dancers to shape a soundscape comprising some of the great female performers and composers of our time. In his own pop-inspired and precise way, the choreographer questions a very contemporary story, and in doing so raises the question of how some of these voices were silenced. 

“Silence is the woman’s cosmos". In her essay, The Gender of Sound (1992), the author Anne Carson uses this affirmation by Sophocles as one of its main axes. She seeks to understand how, “by ideologically associating the sound of women with monstrosity, disorder and death”, patriarchal culture has reduced women to silence. Jan Martens, leading choreographer on the new Flemish scene, tackles this state of affairs, inviting to the stage the voices of unknown or forgotten innovative women from the last one hundred years of music history. Put into movement by six performers, the dance thus becomes the vehicle for these life stories, a human voice at the crossroads between a cry, whisper, song and protest. In VOICE NOISE, Jan Martens turns away from large ensembles, and gets back to basics, namely that of movement in sharing. Together with Sue-Yeon Youn, Elisha Mercelina and Mamadou Wagué, he draws upon lifelong accomplices Steven Michel, Courtney May Robertson and Loeka Willems in this restorative odyssey.

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