Jan Martens (BE)

sweat baby sweat

3600 Ft
discounted: 3200 Ft
student: 2600 Ft 
Trafo passes are accepted

Accompanying program

After the performance, dancers Kimmy Ligtvoet and Steven Michel will be interviewed first by Anikó Rácz, artistic director of SÍN, and then the audience will have the opportunity to ask the artists. 
The aftertalk will be held in english.


Sweat baby sweat is a performance about love. Jan Martens created a slow duet in which a man and a woman combine acrobatic strength with mental vulnerability: a look at love, beyond all the clichés.

With sweat baby sweat in 2011, Jan Martens choreographed one of the most touching duets in recent dance history. On an empty stage, one man and one woman simply cannot take their hands off each other. Their bodies are entwined the whole time, joined together in slow and gentle contact. At times sweating, at times shivering, the couple hang on to each other letting go is not an option: it is as if they only exist as a couple. Sweat baby sweat is remarkable in the simplicity and reduction of things to their essence in the virtuoso performances of its protagonists Kimmy Ligtvoet and Steven Michel.

Jan Martens’s staging accompanies them with text projections and a soundtrack that underscores the movement composition and the emotional connection between the dancers: “As long as you are here, I am too”, comes out of the speakers at one point. Sweat Baby Sweat is a symbiosis between storytelling and abstraction, a touching, poetic pas de deux full of emotions and a declaration of love to dance and life.

Belgian Jan Martens trained as a dancer in Tilburg and in Antwerp. After graduating in 2006, he danced with various different companies, including for Ann Van den Broek. Since his first full-length work, he has created numerous group pieces including Dog Days are over and solo works such as Vincent and Elisabeth gets her way, with which he has been successful the world over. He is now regarded as one of the most sought-after of the younger generation of choreographers.

"This is a relentless work, methodically paced, even maddening as it repeats from the beginning to try for a different outcome.” 
Brian Seibert, The New York Times
"SWEAT BABY SWEAT is a performance in which simplicity shines."
Moos Van den Broek, Theaterkrant

BY: Jan Martens 
WITH: Kimmy Ligtvoet and Steven Michel
MUSIC: Jaap van Keulen
VIDEO: Paul Sixta
ADVICE: Peter Seynaeve

PRODUCTION: Frascati Producties, ICKamsterdam and TAKT Dommelhof and JAN vzw 
INTERNATIONAL DIFFUSION: A Propic / Line Rousseau and Marion Gauvent
THANKS TO: SummerStudios Brussels and Marc Vanrunxt

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