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Jan Martens (BE)
Rule of Three

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Datum der Aufzeichnung: 06.12.2018

Ort: TQW Halle G

Im Rahmen von: Austrian Premiere


„In Rule of Three the combination of dance, music, light, and text is at service of a global audiovisual effect; abstract yet very well defined in its aesthetic agenda.“ — El Balandre


Rule of Three takes as its starting point our ability to zap in a flash from one impression to another. A sequence of scenes echoes the fragmentary experience of reality that is the consequence of this overload of stimuli. Rule of Three positions itself as a danced performance somewhere in between a concert and a short-story collection – written with bodies, light, music, costumes and text. An untamed meditation which, just like these times, builds on contrasts: between stillness and explosion, precision and intuition, heart and reason. On stage, performers Baptiste Cazaux / Steven Michel, Dan Mussett and Courtney May Robertson engage in a dialogue with NAH’s eclectic musical composition and keep driving up the sensory stimulation.


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Jan Martens (born 1984, Belgium) studied at the Fontys Dance Academy in Tilburg and graduated in 2006 from the dance department of the Artesis Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp. Jan Martens’ show A SMALL GUIDE ON HOW TO TREAT YOUR LIFETIME COMPANION (2011) was selected for Aerowaves 2011 and SWEAT BABY SWEAT (2011) for the Dutch Dance Festival 2012 and Circuit X 2013. He then created three shows about unconventional beauty: BIS (2012) for the 62-year-old Truus Bronkhorst, LA BETE (2013) for the young actress Joke Emmers, and VICTOR (2013), a duet for a boy and a grown man that Martens created with director Peter Seynaeve.

In 2014 Jan Martens’ group performance THE DOG DAYS ARE OVER (2014) was selected for the Flanders Theatre Festival and is still touring, just like his solo ODE TO THE ATTEMPT (2014) and the project THE COMMON PEOPLE (2016), created in collaboration with film director Lukas Dhont. His plays have made numerous guest appearances overseas as well as at the Wiener Festwochen and the TQW.  Jan Martens has won the North Brabant Prize of the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds (2014) and the prestigious Charlotte Köhlerprijs (2015) for his works.

NAH (born 1984, USA) is a producer, drummer, visual artist currently located in Philadelphia. NAH produces anxiety-laden tracks and sound collages with firm roots planted in DIY punk, noise, avant-jazz, and the restlessness of hip-hop.


By: Jan Martens

With: Baptiste Cazaux / Steven Michel, Dan Mussett, Courtney May Robertson

Cast premiere: Julien Josse, Steven Michel, Courtney May Robertson

Live music created and performed by NAHWith

short stories by Lydia Davis © Denise Shannon Literary Agency, Inc.

Costume: Valérie Hellebaut

Lighting design: Jan Fedinger

Dramaturge: Greet Van Poeck

Rehearsal director: Anne-Lise Brevers

Technical supervision: Michel Spang / Marie Vandecasteele

Production: GRIP

International diffusion: A Propic / Line Rousseau und Marion Gauvent

Co-production: deSingel international arts campus, Théâtre de la Ville – Paris with Festival d’Automne à Paris, Le Gymnase CDCN Roubaix – Hauts-de-France and tanzhaus nrw

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