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Curators’ Statement

We are particularly pleased to open the 56th Bitef with the Belgian dance performance that achieved a tremendous success at last year’s Avignon festival, any attempt will end in crushed bodies and shattered bones, by the choreographer Jan Martens. The long and unusual title itself suggests the layered concept: the dramaturgy comes down to the gradation, combining and development of a series of attempts to realize one choreographic idea. The attempts are based on basic Marten’s thought, but also on a repetitive and “psychedelic” composition of a Polish composer of contemporary classical music, Henryk Mikołaj Górecki, and the material supplied by the dancers, seventeen of them, of various age (17 to 70), of various personal and professional background (a form of devised theatre). Brought together, it all creates a mosaic of an intelligent, warm, and utterly witty essay on contemporary dance, which links and permeates various issues and attitudes: dance as physical labor, the relevance of the dancers’ identities (their age, appearance, education…), the debunking of hierarchy in the creative process, the relationship between the body and the social order.