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From Tue 01.12.15
  • Pierre Coulibeuf

    Dance and cinema come together in a film in which Jan Fabre recreates his own universe. It’s a film, subtly infused with life, death and sex, in which teeming creatures provide the leitmotiv. Jan Fabre has a passion for teeming, swarming life and a scientific, almost monomaniacal fascination with insects. The film is a recreation of Fabre’s choreographies and theatre works, but one especially written for director Pierre Coulibeuf, who manages masterfully to capture the essence of Fabre’s work. He depicts a closed and perturbing microcosm. And it’s no accident that this is reminiscent of the ‘condition humaine’. Les Guerriers de la Beauté (The Warriors of Beauty) is a cinematic, multi-entrance labyrinth that takes the viewer through a strange world, full of metamorphoses, primal impulses and surrealistic situations.… Read more

  • Pierre Coulibeuf

    Controversial, provocative, never a man to shy away from a stunt: Jan Fabre has been treading on toes his whole career. He has nevertheless meanwhile managed to create a unique and incomparable universe. In the film Doctor Fabre will cure you, French experimental director and visual artist Pierre Coulibeuf transposes this universe to the silver screen. This is no documentary; it’s challenging fiction, based on Jan Fabre’s performances and diaries: not a slavish adaptation, but a reinterpretation, with Fabre himself in the leading role. ‘It’s a modern fairy tale,’ says director Pierre Coulibeuf. The film’s title refers to a performance Fabre did in the early 1980s, in the Ommeganckstraat in Antwerp: a speech, in which he presented beauty as a placebo, a sort of medicine for society. Because isn’t beauty the best medicine?… Read more

  • Jan Fabre / Troubleyn

    Mount Olympus – to glorify the cult of tragedy – (a 24H performance)​ is a gigantic chunk of history in a sea of time. It is the age of man, of the birth of tragedy, of the descent into hell and the volcano of evil that constantly spews out its ash. The breeding ground of this is the blindness and hubris of man, who constantly stumbles and repeatedly falls. We recognise the outline of stories and characters from Greek tragedy: sometimes close by, but simultaneously far away. Fabre tears the cracks in these flawed characters further open until they are hanging in tatters. But besides tragedy, time plays the leading role in this production. What is time in theatre? And what happens when you stretch that time? Until it begins to relax and fray? Is it a form of hallucination? Mount Olympus promises to be unique experience theatre: 24 hours long, a single drawn-out stream, one uninterrupted cry. Climb that mountain too, dive along into that ocean. It will be unforgettable.… Read more

  • Jan Fabre / Troubleyn

    Mount Olympus – to glorify the cult of tragedy – (a 24H performance) is a gigantic chunk of history in a sea of time. It is the age of man, of the birth of tragedy, of the descent into hell and the volcano of evil that constantly spews out its ash. The breeding ground of this is the blindness and hubris of man, who constantly stumbles and repeatedly falls. We recognise the outline of stories and characters from Greek tragedy: sometimes close by, but simultaneously far away. Fabre tears the cracks in these flawed characters further open until they are hanging in tatters. But besides tragedy, time plays the leading role in this production. What is time in theatre? And what happens when you stretch that time? Until it begins to relax and fray? Is it a form of hallucination? Mount Olympus promises to be unique experience theatre: 24 hours long, a single drawn-out stream, one uninterrupted cry. Climb that mountain too, dive along into that ocean. It will be unforgettable.… Read more

  • Jan Fabre / Troubleyn

    Mount Olympus – to glorify the cult of tragedy – (a 24H performance) is a gigantic chunk of history in a sea of time. It is the age of man, of the birth of tragedy, of the descent into hell and the volcano of evil that constantly spews out its ash. The breeding ground of this is the blindness and hubris of man, who constantly stumbles and repeatedly falls. We recognise the outline of stories and characters from Greek tragedy: sometimes close by, but simultaneously far away. Fabre tears the cracks in these flawed characters further open until they are hanging in tatters. But besides tragedy, time plays the leading role in this production. What is time in theatre? And what happens when you stretch that time? Until it begins to relax and fray? Is it a form of hallucination? Mount Olympus promises to be unique experience theatre: 24 hours long, a single drawn-out stream, one uninterrupted cry. Climb that mountain too, dive along into that ocean. It will be unforgettable.… Read more

  • Tuning People

    DaDa = Dadaism, but shorter DaDa = a hobbyhorse, something someone likes DaDa = baby language KaKa = something else KaKa = something someone makes DaDaKaKa = something other than Dadaism DaDaKaKa = 2xD, 2xK and 4xa DaDaKaKa = something someone makes that someone else likes DaDaKaKa is a crazy cabaret for kids (and their parents and grandparents, and the friends of their parents and grandparents). It’s a succession of wildly creative acts: a combination of awkward dancing, faltering piano music, loopy images and nutty texts. The world is bursting with rules. This performance has none: a painting can sing and letters can dance. Tuning People is the collective based around Wannes Deneer (sound), Jef Van gestel (theatre) and Karolien Verlinden (dance). Together, they and a changing line up make visual sound theatre.… Read more

  • Coraline Lamaison

    Narcisses-0 is the fruit of an exceptional artistic encounter between French director-actress Coraline Lamaison and Kate Strong, one of the most versatile European performers. Strong is best known for her long-term collaboration with William Forsythe. Her personality and talent are the epicentre of this performance. In it she surrenders herself to her audience and to the merciless stage. She loses herself in her performance, juggles with theatrical codes and plays with the iconic and above all narcissistic image of the performer. The result is an amusing performance, spiced with irony, about vanity and decay. In Ex/Stase Narcisses-1, a solo performed by Annabelle Chambon with two real wolves on stage, Lamaison reveals the impulsive origin of our narcissistic behaviour.… Read more

  • Marc Vanrunxt & Kunst/Werk

    In his choreographies, Marc Vanrunxt draws inspiration from the personalities of his performers. He finds something extraordinary in them and then magnifies it to give a customised approach. That is also the case in this Turkish-Belgian performance. This time fourTurkish dancers tackle the themes and variations that characterise Vanrunxt’s work, such as time (duration) and space (close by and far away). The dancers’ different training and political background sets these themes in a new light. Vanrunxt draws inspiration from man’s strength and perseverance, but also from his weaknesses and doubts. He prefers to focus on the person dancing, rather than on the dancer. … Read more

  • Poetics of the physicality in the work of Jan Fabre and Wim Vandekeybus

    In the 1980s and 1990s Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, Jan Fabre, Jan Lauwers, Wim Vandekeybus and later also Alain Platel created much-talked-about performances. With their new form language, explicit attention to physicality and idiosyncratic approach to language and text, they sent a shockwave rippling through the Flemish and  the international dance landscape. In this open (university) class, Jan Fabre and Wim Vandekeybus are central. These performing artists both belong to what has gradually become known as ‘The Flemish Wave’. … Read more

  • Wim Vandekeybus / Ultima Vez

    For Wim Vandekeybus love is perhaps the most intangible and capricious of all our inner states of mind: it moves mountains, and creates immeasurable heights and depths. It gives strength, but causes devastating pain when it turns against you. Love inspires poetry: it is exalted and cursed. Following the captivating soundtrack in nieuwZwart (2009), Wim Vandekeybus is once again collaborating with musician Mauro Pawlowski. This time, classical stories will be the inspiration for songs written by Mauro and his compagnons and performed by the charismatic South African singer Tutu Puoane. Ultima Vez performers and more classically-trained dancers influence one another. Speak low if you speak love isn… Read more

  • Lisbeth Gruwez & Maarten Van Cauwenberghe

    Lisbeth Gruwez began her stage career with a starring role in Jan Fabre’s Je suis sang. She was also a great success as a dancer in Quando l'uomo principale è una donna, the solo Jan Fabre created especially for her. In the meantime, together with partner in crime Maarten Van Cauwenberghe and their company Voetvolk, she has repeatedly proved her skill as a choreographer. Instinct and physicality are the key concepts of their performances. Her imposing stage presence and ability to twist and contort her body never fail to leave a lasting impression. The solo work Lisbeth Gruwez dances Bob Dylan does what it says: Liesbeth Gruwez interacts with this folk icon by dancing to the songs and sound of vintage Bob Dylan vinyl records. Minimalism and melancholy guide her dance, as it follows the lyrics and the voice of America’s greatest songwriter.… Read more

  • Jan Fabre / Troubleyn

    In 1984 The Power of Theatrical Madness brought Jan Fabre his decisive international breakthrough. Now, almost 30 years later, he reconstructs this 4.5 hour performance scene by scene, with a new generation of young performers. The current zeitgeist - in which speed and the new media are central - makes this performance perhaps even more radical today than it was originally. ‘Nowadays, we have a different attitude to physicality and our sense of time has changed,’ says Jan Fabre. ‘As a result, the performance has become even more fundamental, even more essential.’ Fabre exposes the fiction and illusion of theatre. It’s not for nothing that Andersen’s fairy tale The Emperor’s New Clothes is this work’s central theme. After all, don’t we all like to believe in fairy tales? In frogs that change into princes? In princesses who are saved by knights on white horses? Theatre is the art of the lie and the audience is an accomplice.… Read more

  • Annabelle Chambon & Cédric Charron

    How do we talk about and express love, sexuality, nudity and other taboos? I promise this is the last time is about the naked body, about the metamorphoses it undergoes, about the grisly and animal side of man, and about a passionate but violent love! Together with performer and soundscape artist Jean Emmanuel Belot, Annabelle Chambon and Cédric Charron turn this this performance into a sensual, crazy, exuberant and ecstatic feast. Dancer-choreographers Chambon and Charron both trained at P.A.R.T.S. and at the Conservatoire National Supérieur Musique et Danse in Lyon. They have collaborated with Jan Fabre for 15 years, in group performances such as As Long As the World Needs a Warrior’s Soul, Je Suis Sang, Orgy of tolerance and Prometheus landscape II and in solos such as Preparatio Mortis and Attends, Attends, Attends (à mon père).… Read more

  • Christian Bakalov

    In his first own performance, Christian Bakalov brings the hidden spaces of the Biekorf to life. BRIGHT takes us on an anonymous journey into the dark. This production balances between performance and light installation and flirts with semidarkness. BRIGHT is a place where the darkness is a means of sharpening our senses and stimulating the fluorescent images/illusions of our imagination. After his studies at the Sofia Opera House Ballet School, Christian Bakalov began his career as a dancer in France. We mainly know him as a performer with Jan Fabre and Ivo Dimchev. He has also danced in works by Robert Wilson, Jérôme Bel, Miet Warlop, and Florentina Holzinger & Vincent Riebeek.… Read more