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The Dog Days of Dance + ticket giveway

By Alejandro Bustos on October 20, 2015

Critically-acclaimed choreographer Jan Martens is coming to Ottawa for a three-day run from October 22 to 24 at the National Arts Centre.

A native of Belgium, this talented artist will be presenting two of his recent works, Ode to the Attempt and The Dog Days Are Over, in a special two hour show. (See the video below for a taste of his dance routines). The latter work in particular is being touted as a first-rate performance.

Jan’s latest group work, The Dog Days Are Over, takes us on a physical and emotional ride — it impresses us for its sheer stamina while compelling us to look at our rushed lives,” says Cathy Levy, NAC Executive Producer of Dance. “But I couldn’t bring the company without also showing the man himself.”

In anticipation of this show, we are giving away a pair of tickets to the Friday, October 23 performance at the NAC Studio. To enter email with the subject line “Jan Martens Contest” by 3 pm Wednesday, October 21. A winner will be chosen and notified on Wednesday afternoon. 

For tickets, meanwhile, you can purchase them online for $31 plus tax.

According to a NAC release on this performance: “Human beings are the focal point of Martens’ work, and he takes a special interest in the beauty of the ‘incomplete’ human body in its quest for perfection.

“Coming as he does from a generation that spends far too much time on computers and smartphones, he has opted to open the program with a self-portrait in the form of a collage based on his everyday life. Called Ode to the Attempt, this work on the theme of individualism is a new solo that challenges his creative process and his way of working and living.

“After that, Martens will push the human body to the limit in The Dog Days are Over, a choreographic work that has a group of eight dancers jumping and bouncing around the stage for 70 minutes. Moving rhythmically in fits and starts, the dancers will jointly test their physical stamina as they attempt to reveal the people hidden behind the dancers.”

Note: Ode to the Attempt contains full nudity.


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