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Sweat Baby Sweat

Showing on January 18–20, 2017

Playing at Scotiabank Dance Centre

Sweat Baby Sweat, Jan Martens, 2017 PuSh Festival
Photo: Klaartje Lambrechts

Jan Martens (Belgium/Netherlands)

A man and a woman: that’s what you get in Jan Martens’ brilliant piece of dance. Onstage, dancers Kimmy Ligtvoet and Steven Michel enact a story of love with their bodies, complemented by music and projected text. It’s minimalism with maximum exertion: the two embrace, grip and lift each other in the most difficult positions, pushing their bodies to the extreme. Romance and sexuality are reduced to their physical essence, and the sense of impending exhaustion has an erotic edge. More than just a feat of athleticism, it’s a matter of suspense: can the couple maintain their strength, their balance, their stamina? With each new contortion the tension mounts, and the portrayal of love and intimacy grows more profound.

There’s a naïveté to this performance, in the best sense of the word. Martens’ portrait of hetero love is straightforward, simple and more concerned with essence than nuance; that’s where its power lies. The tribute to love songs, the emotive music and the reduction of romance to basic gestures are as broad as they are deep. The show is nothing less than a feat of grace and endurance, and nothing more than an evocation of the oldest story in the book.

A seriously intimate duet… It evokes exactly the clammy-bodied, wide-eyed, post-coital state of exhausted exhilaration, and it shows that all-consuming desire can be difficult and destructive too.

—The Evening Standard

Sweat Baby Sweat, Jan Martens, 2017 PuSh Festival
Photo: Klaartje Lambrechts
Sweat Baby Sweat, Jan Martens, 2017 PuSh Festival
Photo: Klaartje Lambrechts

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Scotiabank Dance Centre

677 Davie Street, Vancouver


January 18–20
65 minutes, no intermission




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PuSh Pass
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Show Pack

See this show as part of the Wednesday Show Pack with:
Concord Floral
Backstage in Biscuit Land


Post-show talkback
January 19

CHOREOGRAPHER Jan Martens PERFORMERS Kimmy Ligtvoet, Steven Michel MUSIC Jaap van Keulen VIDEO DESIGNER Paul Sixta COACH Peter Seynaeve TECHNICIAN Michel Spang INTERNATIONAL DIFFUSION Line Rousseau/A Propic SUPPORTED BY Frascati Productions, ICKamsterdam, TAKT Dommelhof, JAN vzw TOUR SUPPORTED BY Dutch Performing Arts Fund SPECIAL THANKS SummerStudios Brussels, Marc Vanrunxt