They say that the world is built for two
Only worth living 
If somebody is loving you
(Lana Del Rey)

Sweat Baby Sweat is about all-consuming love and shows two people who can’t – or won’t – let one another go. A searing, minimal production in which images, text, movement and music complement one another perfectly.

Departure point is the mostly used subject ever: a relationship between a man and a woman. Sweat Baby Sweat shows two people who work very hard to make it work. Basic ideas like repulsion and attraction form the main core for the physical themes in the work.

Despite the use of concrete sources like love song lyrics and mellow folk pop music, a minimal work has been created wherein bodily force and still images are omnipresent. The result is a one hour performance in which a lifetime is passing.

Venue: Bora Bora, Store Sal


Choreography: Jan Martens
Performance: Kimmy Ligtvoet and Steven Michel
Music: Jaap van Keulen
Video design: Paul Sixta
Coach: Peter Seynaeve
Sweat Baby Sweat is a Frascati production
With thanks to SummerStudios Brussels
Photo: Klaartje Lambrechts


BIO of Jan Martens

Jan Martens (1984) has performed in works by Koen De Preter, United-C and Ann Van den Broek. He has been developing his own work since 2009. His focus is not on dance virtuosity or complex choreography, but rather on the beauty and ugliness of you and I. He previously created the group choreography I can ride a horse whilst juggling so marry me (United-C, 2010) and guest choreographies for AHK, Meekers, Conny Janssen Danst and Dansateliers, among others. His work is being produced by Frascati.

on A small guide on how to treat your lifetime companion:

A small guide… is a successful experiment in dance showing experience of life and sensitive storytelling. Even this astounded dance novice was forced to admit: this production grabs you and won’t let go.’ (De Morgen) 

Martens’ style of movement emanates traces of the attentive idiom of choreographer Ann van Den Broek and a hint of the strength of performance of Abramovic, but thanks to the pared-down presentation, also adds something of its own.’ (de Volkskrant )

In this pas de deux, the outside world really stays outside – with the exception of a mobile phone ringing. Martens and Zijlstra are two who really become one.’ (KNACK)