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Jan Martens & Lukas Dhont THE COMMON PEOPLE


Jan Martens & Lukas Dhont THE COMMON PEOPLE

performance installation
WE 19.04.2017 20:30
SA 22.04.2017 20:30

A social experiment, installation and performance rolled into one.



Choreographer Jan Martens and film director Lukas Dhont develop a series of duets and an installation with 48 residents from Brussels. The leitmotiv is the lives of unknown fellow city dwellers, privacy versus exhibitionism and the narration of everyday life. The result is a performance that reclaims theatre as a place for encounters, person to person.

The necessity to feel connected to others in our society is becoming increasingly important: the more ‘likes’ you receive, the better. Smartphones and social network sites connect us to each other, but also pave the way for individualism and loneliness: we’re no longer connected with one another but with our screens. THE COMMON PEOPLE brings people together in a more human way, intense and intimate, with physical contact, one to one. 


THE COMMON PEOPLE a GRIP production by Jan Martens | Concept & direction: Jan Martens & Lukas Dhont | Light design: Jan Fedinger | Artistic team: Joris van Oosterwijk, Steven Michel, Kimmy Ligtvoet, Yanna Soentjens, Laura Vanborm, Sebastiaan Eggermont, Louis Richard and Brian Windelinckx | Technical direction: Michel Spang | Production: GRIP | International diffusion : Line Rousseau & Marion Gauvent / A Propic | Coproduction: tanzhaus nrw, spring performing arts festival, Wiener Festwochen, CDC Le Gymnase, ICKamsterdam (in the framework of Regeling Nieuwe Makers) | With the support of: STUK kunstencentrum, deSingel, CAMPO, vaba lava & r.a.a.a.m & Tanzplattform Rhein-Main – ein Projekt von Künstlerhaus Mousonturm und Hessisches Staatsballett, wp Zimmer | With the financial support of : the Government of Flanders, the Dutch Performing arts Fund and the city of Antwerp | Co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union as part of DANCE ON, PASS ON, DREAM ON.