Jan Martens med åtta dansare har just gästat Dansens Hus med The Dog Days Are Over, en 70 minuter studie i vad dans är, vad hoppande är, vart blicken går, hur perspektiven förskjuts för iakttagaren.

Idag blir det läsövning på engelska: så här skrev jag 2014 när jag såg verket i Umeå på Spring back -festivalen och jobbade med workshop för unga (mer eller mindre…) danskritiker:

The dog days are over, octet 70 minutes

Jumping is one of the most basic dance movements the world over. Here low jumps for eight dancers serves as the choreographic theme and the variations prove to be endless. The exactitude, the drill and the thrill fascinates and the fascination grows as the minutes tick by. Are they moving left now? Who cried out the sudden command? How on earth did they memorise the multitudinous  but minimal changes? And when do they breathe?

70 minutes is a long time but the pattern the jumping group creates on the floor becomes a living machinery revealing many things about our human condition, on bodies and bodywork, on dancers, on relationships, on the individual and the crowd. Radical in its own way it made me surrender; the eight dancers jump over unwritten rules of dance as an art form and make you consider boundaries and limits within the performing arts.