Wednesday, 27 January 2016


THE DOG DAYS ARE OVER    
Jan Martens


"When you ask a person to jump, 
his attention is mostly directed towards the act of jumping 
and the mask falls so that the real person appears." (1)

 
I sit down, first row in the small theatre. The dancers are finishing their warming up at the back of the stage. The audience slowly becomes quiet, and without a clear reason or command the dancers step towards the shoes in the middle of the stage. They put them on, and stand in a line. One by one, slowly. Again without command they start moving. Little bends in the knee. As if they are a slow machine they start jumping, only to end when the performance is over.