Jan Martens (BE) – Ode to the attempt
Ode to the attempt is a new solo that Jan Martens created for himselfIt is a featherlight and humorous deconstruction of the creative process. When creating an art work – wether it is a painting, a performance or whatever other medium – the artist goes through different stages. These stages become overwritten, because they are ‘inadequate’, it are layers that have become invisible in the final stage of the work. Ode to the attempt wants to give these stages that never saw daylight or would reach an audience a second life.
Because maybe the imperfect has another quality, that can be as valuable as the final product.
In this new solo, Jan Martens thematizes again the imperfect, and this time not as an adjective (as in imperfect body) but as a state on itself, worth to be shared and to be seen.
Jan Martens is a choreographer making work which is fresh, hard-core, conceptual but accessible and that above all communicates directly.