WANTED: participants for THE COMMON PEOPLE by Jan Martens
open call
10 MAR — 2 APR 2017

Choreographer Jan Martens and movie director Lukas Dhont are organizing a workshop about meeting people, intensity, intimacy and privacy.

The workshop sessions take place in Beursschouwburg and Les Brigittines. The workshop will result in 2 performances on 19 (at Les Brigittines) and on 22 of April 2017 (at Beursschouwburg). Everyone can participate regardless of age (minimum age: 14 years old) and background. No dance or theater experience is required.

► WHEN?

The 40 participants will be divided in 4 groups. Each group will receive 3 workshop sessions:

GROUP 1
13 + 14 april from 18:00 to 21:00 @ Beursschouwburg 17 april from 18:00 to 21:00 @ Les Brigittines

GROUP 2
14 april from 18:00 to 21:00 @ Beursschouwburg 15 april from 10:00 to 13:00 @ Les Brigittines 17 april from 18:00 to 21:00 @ Les Brigittines

GROUP 3
15 april from 10:00 to 13:00 + 14:00 to 17:00 @ Beursschouwburg 18 april from 18:00 to 21:00 @ Les Brigittines

GROUP 4
15 april from 14:00 to 17:00 @ Les Brigittines 16 april from 14:00 to 17:00 @ Beursschouwburg 18 april from 18:00 to 21:00 @ Les Brigittines The performances will take place on the 19th and 22th of April. You should be available on performance dates from 17h onwards.

► WHAT IS IT ABOUT?

In a society where people primarily communicate on the internet THE COMMON PEOPLE tries to bring people together in a more humane way, one on one, intense, intimate and with physical contact. As a participant you will meet another person for the first time during the performance. You will have received a simple script on forehand to guide you. The audience is witnessing several of these encounters. During the workshop you will be prepared for this physical encounter. By means of simple instructions the participants will work on consciousness of the body, performativity and contact improvisation.

► INSTALLATION

Next to the performance there will be an installation in which the digital identity of the participants is the focus point. This digital translation of your personality in the installation will form a contrast with the physical encounter on stage. The installation can be visited by the audience on the performance days.

► TO PARTICIPATE

Send your name, address, date of birth, telephone number and a picture to Brigittines@beursschouwburg.be before the of 24th of March 2017. Let us know what workshop dates are possible for you.

There’s room for 40 people at most. By the 3rd of April you will know if you can participate or not. For more info about Jan Martens and his work, check out www.janmartens.com.