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Jan Martens any attempt will end in crushed bodies and shattered bones

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An ensemble of seven dancers in grey shorts and tops, some with long sleeved grey tunics, are in a space with a grey background and the floor marked out with white lines, like a sports hall. They all face different directions, doing their own thing with energy and focus.

In any attempt will end in crushed bodies and shattered bones, Jan Martens presents a production about the power that lies in being out of step and being different. Performed by a 17-strong, unconventional corps de ballet made up of unique personalities.

The diverse group of dancers spans several generations, the youngest being 17 and the eldest 70, with significant differences between them in terms of training and background. In any attempt will end in crushed bodies and shattered bones, they seek their own voice within the dance and beyond. One by one they claim their place on stage, without cutting off the others. An exercise in giving each other the necessary space, while being careful not to steal the limelight.

They are supported by a soundtrack that consists of unconventional protest songs from different ages –including Polish composer Henryk Gorecki, jazz musicians Max Roach and Abbey Lincoln, and spoken word artist Kae Tempest.

Image description: An ensemble of seven dancers in grey shorts and tops, some with long sleeved grey tunics, are in a space with a grey background and the floor marked out with white lines, like a sports hall. They all face different directions, doing their own thing with energy and focus.

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