THE COMMON PEOPLE
THE COMMON PEOPLE (2016)
a composition of first encounters
THE COMMON PEOPLE is social experiment, workshop, installation and performance in one.
In THE COMMON PEOPLE, the stage is reclaimed as a space for encounter between human and human in the most literal sense. In society, the need to connect becomes more and more important: the more people you know, the more networks you are in, the more likes you get, the better.
THE COMMON PEOPLE wants to disconnect people from the screens surrounding us, to create physical encounters in a thorough and human way.
Together with film director Lukas Dhont and an artistic team, Martens will work with 48 inhabitants of the city where the performance will take place. In two weeks time the participants are prepared for the performance days on which they will have an encounter with somebody they will meet for the very first time, resulting in an ongoing duet marathon on stage.
THE COMMON PEOPLE becomes the portrait of a city, of its inhabitants, and of the human kind, searching for intimacy and encounter.
A performance that celebrates the narration of daily life, built on a deep interest in the human species.
a lot of research and experiments will take place before the eventual première in may 2016 at tanzhaus nrw in Düsseldorf.
keep an eye on this page for new dates and calls for workshops
experiment #1 / 11 - 15 january 2015 in CAMPO Ghent BE
experiment #2 / 23 of january 2015 tanzhaus nrw Düsseldorf DE
experiment #3 / 27 of january 2015 in monty Antwerp BE
work in progress #1 / 15 of may 2015 STUK Leuven BE
work in progress #2 / 18 + 19 of june 2015 Wiener Festwochen Vienna AU
experiment #4 / 29 + 30 of august 2015 tanzhaus nrw Düsseldorf DE
work in progress #3 / 18 + 19 of march 2016 vaba lava Tallinn EST
work in progress #4 / 23 of april 2016 wpZimmer Antwerp BE
THE COMMON PEOPLE DUSSELDORF
première / 12 + 13 of may 2016 tanzhaus nrw DE
THE COMMON PEOPLE UTRECHT
NL première / 27 + 28 of may 2016 SPRINGfestival NL
THE COMMON PEOPLE 'S-HERTOGENBOSCH
5 + 6 of august 2016 Theaterfestival Boulevard festival ism DansBrabant - Verkadefabriek NL
THE COMMON PEOPLE ANTWERP
BE première / 15 + 16 of september 2016 deSingel BE
THE COMMON PEOPLE MARSEILLE
5 + 6 of october festival Actoral FR
THE COMMON PEOPLE FRANKFURT
20 + 21 of october 2016 Frankfurt Lab Mousonturm DE
THE COMMON PEOPLE ROUBAIX / KORTRIJK
19 + 20 of november 2016 NEXT festival FR
THE COMMON PEOPLE GHENT
7 + 8 of december 2016 CAMPO Ghent BE
THE COMMON PEOPLE AMSTERDAM
15 of february 2017 De Meervaart NL
4 of march 2017 Stadsschouwburg NL
THE COMMON PEOPLE LEUVEN
29 + 30 of march 2017 STUK BE
THE COMMON PEOPLE BRUSSELS
19 of april 2017 Les Brigittines BE
22 of april 2017 Beursschouwburg BE
THE COMMON PEOPLE ROTTERDAM
27 + 28 of may Rotterdamse Schouwburg NL
Concept and direction: Jan Martens and Lukas Dhont
With 48 inhabitants of the city
Artistic collaborators: Yanna Soentjens, Joris van Oosterwijk, Steven Michel, Kimmy Ligtvoet, Laura Vanborm, Sebastiaan Eggermont and Louis Richard
Light design: Jan Fedinger
Technical Direction: Michel Spang
International diffusion: A Propic / Line Rousseau
Coproduction: tanzhaus nrw, Spring performing arts festival, ICKamsterdam (in the framework of the Nieuwe Makers Regeling), Wiener Festwochen, CDC Le Gymnase
supported by: CAMPO, STUK kunstencentrum, deSingel, vaba lava & r.a.a.a.m. & mousonturm, wpZimmer
With the financial support of the Flemish Government, Performing Arts Fund NL, City of Antwerp