GLORY (2017)

 

"How many lives do I have to wait?
How many hearts does it take to break this body?
'Til I feel like somebody?
How many lives do I have to wait?
How many hearts does it take to break this body?
'Til I feel like somebody?

I wanna live, wanna die on a silver lining
I wanna ride the wings of love
When I die, don't you cry, I'll be flying by you
I'll be riding wings of love"

Extract of Wings of Love by Liv

 

Renan Martins creates GLORY in collaboration

with the musician and performer Gasper Piano and the

2017 graduated students of Artesis Conservatory Antwerp.

GLORY is a love ritual where 6 performers

glide a constant clockwise motion.

This motion is imposed upon them, challenging

their sense of togetherness, of community.

As the ritual evolves, their need to belong,

to support and be supported reveal

more primal formats of human interactions.

GLORY looks at connection as the reason in

which we are all here. It suggests love

as our true essence.

Love being us, naked, raw, alive, cracked and open.

 

Choreography

Renan Martins

Created with and performed by

Coco-Noemi Jimenez

Dan Mussett

Elsa Ferray

Francesca Chiodi Latini

Gasper Piano

Mery Coopman

Renan Martins

Steffi Mennen

Wibke Storkan

Rerun performed by

Coco-Noemi Jimenez

Elsa Ferray

Gasper Piano

Hernan Mancebo Martinez

Mery Coopman

Steffi Mennen

Wibke Storkan

Duet version

Renan Martins/Daniela Morais

Rafaela Sahyoun

Assistant

Jaroslav Ondrus

Costumes

Wibke Storkan

Music

Gasper Piano

Lights

Dominique Pollet

PRESS
"Yet never does the comedy feel forced, or worse, ironic. Everything about Glory feels heartfelt. As with child's play, it is both brutal, but innocent; theatrically performed, but – seriously – real. This show, for besides everything else it is a captivatingly entertaining ride too, celebrates what it means to be human, together. From cliché contemporary conception 'till the remix of a pop song infused with Indian incantations, and the pile of joy at the end. It does so, without ever feeling fake, fantastical, or naive. It does so, magically, naked and pure, without smoke and mirrors, without cuts or editing to be perceived; it can do so only without industry. Never feel these performers as if acting; here there is hope undisneyfied. This is a generation of dancers tired of hermetic concepts, of postmodern deconstruction; something more essentialist is exposed, brought visible and vulnerable, rather than the abstract. To be able to speak both to the Antwerp art scene and tourists on the beach, to make both still and reaching from the tip of their seats, there is some magic in that, something glorious, about hope, optimism, and peace.
Thanks to an amazing level of maturity and craftsmanship, these young dancers (all only just graduated from the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp's bachelor course) evoke an experience where what is lacking and lost in today's urban jungle re-appears within reach, and freed from political opportunism, or romanticised melancholy. Glory simply is a must feel."

M.\V. d.B. (Maarten Van den Bussche)

Past dates

9 June 2017 - PREMIERE

Warande, Turnhout, BE

23 June 2017
Artesis/DeSingel campus, Antwerp, BE
24 June 2017 
Artesis/DeSingel campus, Antwerp, BE
02 July 2017
Dansand Festival, Oostende, BE
28 April 2018
deSingel, Antwerp, BE

17 January 2019 - DUET VERSION

Teatro de Conteiner, São Paulo, BR

30 January to 3 February 2019 - DUET VERSION

Teatro Cacilda Becker, Rio de Janeiro, BR

10 December 2019 - DUET VERSION

   SESC, Campinas, BR

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