Jan Martens / GRIP

  • Fri 11.04
    20:00 - 21:30
    NTGent schouwburg
    Sint-Baafsplein 17
  • Sat 12.04
    20:00 - 21:30
    NTGent schouwburg
    Sint-Baafsplein 17

Vrouwenstemmen vechten terug tegen het patriarchaat

From ancient Greece to today: the female voice is often labeled as unnecessary or, more bluntly, annoying noise. Choreographer Jan Martens amplifies a different voice. With 'Voice Noise,' he gives innovative, unknown, or forgotten female musicians from the past hundred years of music history a stage. From the delicate Broadway soprano Ruby Elzy to Inuk throat singer Tanya Tagaq.

'Voice Noise' is inspired by Anne Carson's 1995 essay 'The Gender of Sound,' in which the American poet reveals how patriarchal culture attempts to silence women by associating their voices with monstrosity, disorder, and death. Six dancers confront recordings in which the human voice is heard in various forms: humming, soothing, screaming, whispering, or singing. Along the way, they discover their own voices.

Pulsing encounter

“De persoonlijkheid van zijn knappe dansers geeft Martens voluit vrij spel in lange speelse solo’s met veel ruimte voor improvisatie”

— ★★★ De Standaard

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 20 music pieces sung by women; full list available on www.grip.house in March 2024 - REHEARSAL DIRECTOR Zora Westbroek  - LIGHTING DESIGN Jan Fedinger - COSTUME DESIGN Sofie Durnez - SCENOGRAPHY Joris van Oosterwijk - REALISATION COSTUMES AND SCENOGRAPHY Théâtre de Liège - INTERNSHIP Malick Cissé - ARTISTIC ADVICE Marc Vanrunxt, Rudi Meulemans, Femke Gyselinck - TRAILER AND TEASERS Stanislav Dobák - GRAPHIC DESIGN Nick Mattan

PRODUCTION GRIP- INTERNATIONAL DISTRIBUTION A Propic – Line Rousseau, Marion Gauvent, Lara van Lookeren - COPRODUCTION La Comédie de Clermont-Ferrand, Maison de la Danse de Lyon,
De Singel international arts center, Théâtre de Liège, Julidans Amsterdam, Le Manège - Scène Nationale de Reims, Romaeuropa festival, DDD – Festival Dias da Dança - Teatro Rivoli - Porto, Scène Nationale de Forbach, Charleroi danse - centre chorégraphique de Wallonie - Bruxelles, Festspielhaus St-Pölten, Tanzhaus nrw Düsseldorf, Théâtre de la Ville - Paris, Festival d’Automne à Paris, Équinoxe - Scène Nationale de Châteauroux, Theater Rotterdam, Perpodium - RESIDENCIES La Comédie de Clermont-Ferrand (FR), DE SINGEL (Antwerp, BE), Charleroi danse - centre chorégraphique de Wallonie - Bruxelles (BE) - WITH THE FINANCIAL SUPPORT OF the Flemish Government, Tax Shelter of the Belgian Federal Government via BNPPFFF