BEATROUTE BC E-EDITION

Ad

Beatroute BC on Instagram

  • BeatRoute presents Prairie Cat w Iceberg Ferg  Rec Centrehellip
  • BeatRoute is proud to premiere the brand new full lengthhellip
  • Getting the cotton candy machine warmed up for our BChellip
  • Come join us at Tacofino Hastings tonight for New Musichellip
  • We want to design something that actually can reflect whohellip
  • GIVEAWAY ALERT Listen up! Weve got two contests in onehellip
  • Meet June 2017s Queen Of The Month Kendall Gender Wehellip
  • Art IanWallace says keeps him awake Im getting on inhellip
  • All Eyez on Me check out our review of thehellip
Ad
Ad
Ad

Jan Martens channels the hard work of new love in ‘Sweat Baby Sweat’

Thursday 05th, January 2017 / 11:27
By Yasmine Shemesh

Photo: Klaartje Lambrechts

VANCOUVER — Most of Jan Martens’ pieces of dance are derived from an autobiographical place. For Sweat Baby Sweat, his love duet, the Belgian choreographer first looked to a personal relationship where he felt afraid of what would happen if he were to be alone. To portray this struggle, the movement between the two dancers, Kimmy Ligtvoet and Steven Michel, is minimal — slowed down in order to maximize both effort and intention.

“In contemporary dance, normally when you lift somebody, you would use speed, you would use momentum,” Martens explains. “And in Sweat Baby Sweat, we slowed everything down so it’s become more intense, but also more physically hard to do. It was, for me, a good translation of this sometimes hard work that love can be.”

Indeed, in moments like, for example, where Ligtvoet is balancing her entire body weight on Michel’s foot, the dancers must work together in order to not slip or collapse. It’s tricky, Martens maintains, especially when they begin to sweat, but it keeps them fully present and emotionally aware — and also adds an unpredictable theatrical element. “Sometimes you see things almost go wrong,” he says, “but I think it’s the strength of the piece, rather than a weakness.”

Music also plays an important role in Sweat Baby Sweat. The piece is danced to an 18-minute Cat Power song called “Wille Deadwilder,” a track Martens chose specifically because he enjoyed its repetitive melody and its surreal-like associations about relationships. Song lyrics are also projected on the back wall during the length of the performance, aiming to speak to the nostalgic connections we often have with love songs — the first song, for example, you slow danced to or the song was playing during your first kiss. The lyrics are derived from a wide range of artists, from Joni Mitchell to the Bloodhound Gang — the latter’s “The Bad Touch” for which the piece is named. A humourous, yet apt, namesake.

“I liked ‘sweat baby sweat’ because it gives content,” Martins says, referring to the opening line of the track. “‘Baby’ is about love and ‘sweat’ is about the physical output which is there.”

Sweat Baby Sweat runs at the Scotiabank Dance Centre from January 18 – 20 as part of PuSh Festival.  

, , , , , , ,

AFFILIATE DISCLOSURE:

BeatRoute.ca is a member of Apple Music's Affiliate Program. This site collects commissions on purchases that our site's readers decide to make from Apple Music/iTunes affiliate embeds and hyperlinks provided in our posts.

Search

BEATROUTE AB E-EDITION

Beatroute AB on Instagram

  • Ryan Adams at The Jubilee
  • Blue Odeur at Local 510 in the parking lot hellip
  • LAPS at Local 510  lprost sledisland sledisland2017
  • Waxahatchee at Central United  lprost sledisland sledisland2017
  • Oh one day when youre looking back Ryan Adams athellip
  • Valiska at Central United  lprost sledisland sledisland2017
  • Wavves at The Palace Theatre last night  kerouleau sledislandhellip
  • Leather Jacuzzi at Sloth Records Digging the guitarists style hellip
  • JUST ANNOUNCEDartsandcraftsBeatRoute ABQuickdraw Animation Societyandtheatrejunctionpresent a prerelease screening of realwashedoutshellip
Ad
Ad