Belgian Rules/Belgium Rules
An ode to his crazy country
Just like Fellini made Roma – an ode to his city – Jan Fabre is celebrating his own complex, crazy country. He is doing so in the most appropriate language to capture the spirit of this slippery state: the language of the theatre and of images. With an international cast of performers and musicians, Fabre goes in search of Belgian identity, and translates it into a dance and theatre production. Raymond van het Groenewoud has written a series of anthems, while author Johan de Boose wrote the text. In Belgian Rules/Belgium Rules Fabre examines our self-image – who knows, it might lead us to have more empathy.
• In the late 1970s, the young Jan Fabre made his foray with sensational solo performances. Not long after, he sent shockwaves through the theatre world with the production It is Theatre as to be Expected and Foreseen (1982). Since then, he has become one of the most versatile artists on the international scene. Last season, he occupied Kaaitheater for an entire day with the monumental epic Mount Olympus.
Theatre lay at the foundation of Belgium’s birth, and theatre is what this little country remains.
performance Annabelle Chambon, Cédric Charron, Tabitha Cholet, Anny Czupper, Conor Thomas Doherty, Stella Höttler, Ivana Jozic, Gustav Koenigs, Mariateresa Notarangelo, Çigdem Polat, Annabel Reid, Merel Severs, Ursel Tilk, Kasper Vandenberghe, Andrew James Van Ostade | concept and direction Jan Fabre | text Johan de Boose | music Raymond van het Groenewoud, Andrew Van Ostade | dramaturgy Miet Martens | assistance dramaturgy Edith Cassiers | costume design Kasia Mielczarek, Jonne Sikkema | intern assistant director Nina Certyn | intern P.U.L.S. Timeau De Keyser | intern costume design Monika Nyckowska | technical management André Schneider | production management Sebastiaan Peeters | stage technique Wout Janssens | (inter)national sales Sophie Vanden Broeck | company management Mark Geurden | business coordinator Joost Claes | press and communication Edith Cassiers | production Troubleyn/Jan Fabre | co-production ImpulsTanz Vienna International Dance Festival, Napoli Teatro Festival, Théâtre de Liège, Concertgebouw Brugge