The power of theatrical madness

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Jan Fabre

Le Pouvoir des folies théâtrales © Agnès Mellon


When Jan Fabre presented The Power of Theatre Follies to the public of the Venice Biennale in 1984, he set down the provocative and mythic gesture of the total artist. When he revisited the history of the theatre in the form of tableaux vivants using bodies as words, the great works of the masters of painting formed the counterparts of the stage action. A physical performance in the long term, that made a breakthrough in the theatre's illusion machinery as much as in the archaeology of the balances of power. Twenty-eight years after its premiere, Jan Fabre is reviving this show-marathon with a whole new cast. He was associate artist at the Festival d'Avignon in 2005.


conception, direction, scenography, choreoégraphy and lighting Jan Fabre
music Wim Mertens
costumes Pol Engels, Jan Fabre
direction assistant Miet Martens, Renée Copraij

with Yorrith De Bakker, Piet Defrancq, Mélissa Guérin, Nelle Hens, Sven Jakir, Carlijn Koppelmans, Georgios Kotsifakis, Dennis Makris, Lisa May, Giulia Perelli, Gilles Polet, Pietro Quadrino, Merel Severs, Nicolas Simeha, Kasper Vandenberghe


production Troubleyn/Jan Fabre
coproduction deSingel (Anvers), Romaeuropa Festival (Rome)
with the support of Autorités flamandes
L'Arche est éditeur et agent théâtral de Jan Fabre.

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