Dublin Dance Festival in association with the Abbey Theatre presents

any attempt will end in crushed bodies and shattered bones 

27 - 28 May 2022

Jan Martens

Booking Information

Dates: 27-28 May 2022

Times: 7.30pm

Tickets: €13 – €40

Running time: 90 minutes (no interval)

Please note: performance features strobe lighting, strong language, partial nudity

..the unique power that lies in being out of step

Directed by Jan Martens for the Dublin Dance Festival 2022, any attempt will end in crushed bodies and shattered bones will run at the Abbey Theatre from 27-28 May 2022.


Ranging in age from 17-70, a seventeen-strong dance ensemble champions the fundamental right to protest and demonstrate and the unique power that lies in being out of step.


There will be a 40-minute Post Show Talk following the performance on Friday, 27 May with Ty Boomershine – Dancer and Artistic director of Dance On Ensemble (Co-Producers of “Any Attempt”) and Jan Martens – Company Choreographer. The Post Show Talk will be hosted by Mark O’Brien.


Supported by the German Federal Foreign Office and the Goethe-Institut Irland. Produced by GRIP in collaboration with Dance On Ensemble. Co-produced by DE SINGEL (Antwerp, BE), Theater Freiburg (DE), Sadler’s Wells (London, UK), Julidans (Amsterdam, NL), Festival d’Avignon (FR), Le Gymnase CDCN Roubaix Hauts-de-France (FR), Norrlandsoperan (Umeå, SE), La Bâtie – Festival de Genève & l’ADC – Association pour la Danse Contemporaine Genève (CH), tanzhaus nrw (Düsseldorf, DE), Le Parvis Scène Nationale Tarbes-Pyrénéés (Tarbes, FR), La Danse en grande forme (Cndc – Angers, Malandain Ballet Biarritz, La Manufacture – CDCN Nouvelle-Aquitaine Bordeaux – La Rochelle, CCN de Caen en Normandie, L’échangeur – CDCN Hauts-de-France, CCN de Nantes, CCN d’Orléans, Atelier de Paris / CDCN, Collectif Fair-e / CCN de Rennes et de Bretagne, Le Gymnase | CDCN Roubaix | Hauts-de-France, POLE-SUD CDCN / Strasbourg and La Place de La Danse – CDCN Toulouse Occitanie) and Perpodium. With the support of De Grote Post (Ostend, BE), Charleroi Danse (BE), CCNO – Centre Chorégraphique National d’Orléans icw Théâtre d’Orléans (FR) and December Dance (Concertgebouw and CC Brugge). With the financial support of the Flemish Government, the city of Antwerp, Tax Shelter of the Belgian Federal Government and Cronos Invest. Music: “Concerto pour Clavecin et Cordes Op 40” Réf Im: 108884 Musique de Henryk Mikolaj Górecki © PWM Editions représenté par Alphonse Leduc Editions Musicales ; “People’s Faces” written by Kae Tempest and Dan Carey © Published and Administered by Domino Publishing Company Limited (50%) and MANATA LTD Administrated by Warner/Chappell Music Belgium N.V. (50%) ;“Triptych: Prayer/Protest/Peace” written by Maxwell Roach © Published by Milma Publishing Company Administered by Kobalt Music Publishing Limited. Text excerpt from SPRING by Ali Smith. Copyright © 2019, Ali Smith, used by permission of The Wylie Agency (UK) Limited  


"any attempt will end in crushed bodies and shattered bones was an overwhelming success at the last edition of the Festival d'Avignon. You rarely see such an inclusive dance ensemble."
Filip Tielens, Festival d'Avignon

"Jan Martens’ dancers received a minute-long standing ovation in Avignon. And rightly so: what a stunning dance performance; sometimes intimate, sometimes completely ecstatic."
De Standaard

"Jan Martens is THE choreographer on whom Belgium should now depend. His obsessive work on the gesture and his absolute confidence in what the body can express have given him a huge profile in just a few years.”
Charleroi Danse, Belgium

‘Each dancer seems to represent an individual planet, with its own rules and movement language, yet all are part of the same galaxy, forming a collective movement.’
Movement Exposed



  • Choreography: Jan Martens
  • Performer: Ty Boomershine
  • Performer: Truus Bronkhorst
  • Performer: Jim Buskens
  • Performer: Baptiste Cazaux
  • Performer: Zoë Chungong
  • Performer: Piet Defrancq
  • Performer: Naomi Gibson
  • Performer: Kimmy Ligtvoet
  • Performer: Cherish Menzo
  • Performer: Steven Michel
  • Performer: Gesine Moog
  • Performer: Dan Mussett
  • Performer: Wolf Overmeire
  • Performer: Tim Persent
  • Performer: Courtney May Robertson
  • Performer: Laura Vanborm
  • Performer: Loeka Willems
  • Understudy: Pierre Bastin
  • Understudy: Georgia Boddez
  • Understudy: Zora Westbroek
  • Understudy: Lia Witjes-Poole
  • Understudy: Abigail Aleksander
  • Understudy: Maisie Woodford
  • Understudy: Simon Lelievre
  • Understudy: Solal Mariotte
  • Artistic Assistance: Anne-Lise Brevers
  • Lighting Design: Jan Fedinger
  • Assistance Lighting Design: Vito Walter
  • Costume Design: Cédric Charlier
  • Assistance Costume Design: Alexandra Sebbag
  • Assistance Costume Design: Thibault Kuhn  
  • Outside Eye: Marc Vanrunxt
  • Outside Eye: Renée Copraij
  • Outside Eye: Rudi Meulemans
  • Outside Eye: Siska Baeck  
  • Technical Direction: Michel Spang  
  • Technicians: Valentijn Weyn
  • Technicians: Bennert Vancottem  
  • Production Manager: Sylvie Svanberg  
  • Production Assistance: Marie Luyten (internship)
  • Production Assistance: Saskia Vervoort  
  • Business Management   : Klaartje Oerlemans  
  • Business Support: Ruud Van Moorleghem
  • Business Support previous: Lotte De Mont  
  • Communications: Sam Loncke  
  • Photography: Phile Deprez  
  • Graphic Design: Luis Xertu  
  • Trailers and Teasers: Paul Sixta
  • Trailers and Teasers: Stanislav Dobak
  • Trailers and Teasers: Jan Fedinger  
  • International Distribution: A Propic / Line Rousseau
  • International Distribution: Marion Gauvent 
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