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GRIP evenings: Passing the Bechdel Test

Together with 13 youths, Jan Martens draws up a report on the state of affairs in matters of gender diversity and gender equality in the world today. They crawl into each other’s skin and into that of women authors and personalities from the past and present, from Woolf to Winterson, from Sontag to Solnit. Text fragments from letters, diaries, lyrics, essays and TED talks form the frame of the performance. Drawing on his choreographic perspective, Jan Martens designs a manifesto for the future.
 
 

Passing the Bechdel Test


 
‘There are some stories which need to be retold by each generation.’ - Virginia Woolf, 1927
 
We are thirteen.
We are between fourteen and nineteen years old
and (don’t) feel like girls or women.
We talk.
We speak the words of writers and thinkers, from Virginia Woolf to Susan Sontag, from Toni Morrison to Maggie Nelson.
They take shape in us.
We find shape in each other.
We make ourselves who we are
and what we want to become,
what we can become,
because the possibilities are infinite.
We are a snapshot of the now.
A state of affairs.
A manifesto for the future.
 
In Passing the Bechdel Test, choreographer Jan Martens opts for language in a radical manner. Because free speech is one of the few instruments left to liberate ourselves.*
 
Together with 13 youths, Jan draws up a report on the state of affairs in matters of gender diversity and gender equality in the world today. They crawl into each other’s skin and into that of women authors and personalities from the past and present, from Woolf to Winterson, from Sontag to Solnit. Text fragments from letters, diaries, lyrics, essays and TED talks form the frame of the performance. Drawing on his choreographic perspective, Jan Martens designs a manifesto for the future.
 
* paraphrasing Rachida Lamrabet
 

Credits
VanJan Martens
MetIsabel Braamkolk, Noor Caestecker, A. Claassen, Renée De Coninck, Luna Glowacki, Bente Govaerts, Noor Hollemeersch, Birgit Lesage, Marie Libens, Hannah Peiren, Celina Vercruysse, Yanou Van Dessel, Mirren Vandenberk
Artistieke assistentieKimmy Ligtvoet
DramaturgiePeter Anthonissen
AdviesRudi Meulemans
LichtontwerpElke Verachtert
KostuumadviesLotte Stek
BoventitelingErik Borgman
SpreidingVincent Company
Internationale spreidingA Propic / Line Rousseau & Marion Gauvent
Met dank aanRenée Copraij, Fransien van der Putt, Moos van den Broek, Simone Atangana Bekono & Matilde Quirynen
ProductiefABULEUS & GRIP
Coproductietanzhaus nrw & STUK
Duur90 minuten
Première06 november 2018, STUK Leuven (BE)