To glorify the cult of tragedy, a 24-hour performance
> The show starts at 4 PM. Exceptionally, the ticket office will open at 2 PM. After your ticket has been scanned at the ticket office, you will receive a wristband that allows you to come in and out freely. Please be on time to avoid long queues!
> The Akenkaai will not be accessible from the Sainctelettesquare. If you’re looking for parking spaces, you can reach this car park via the Ruimingskaai.
Climb the mountain
In Mount Olympus. To glorify the cult of tragedy, a 24-hour performance, a slice of history comes to life before your eyes. Climb this mountain and become part of a monumental happening. For a whole twenty-four hours.
It is the time when tragedy was born. But what exactly is it, this state of being torn, this obscenity, this chastening? You recognise the outlines of stories and characters in Greek tragedy, both close up and infinitely far off.
Jan Fabre shatters these broken figures with violence, ecstasy and Homeric laughter. What is left is not an update of Greek tragedy, but scattered fragments. For twenty-four hours you join in, looking for that which cannot in fact be shown, which tears us roughly apart, and then cleanses us.
Time claims the second leading role. What is time in theatre, and what happens when you stretch it to extremes? In Fabre’s hands, the eternal here and now of the theatre assumes riotous forms. An endless maelstrom of images carries you off to a different, labyrinthine time.
The 27 performers speak a language that falters, goes quiet, rattles, or ends in a scream. A still, internal force dictates their movements and dance. They awaken and sleep on stage. Fabre pays tribute to their beauty by transforming their stolen dreams into images. With a cast that covers four generations, he has never before presented such an all-encompassing image of his work for theatre, spanning over 30 years.
with Lore Borremans, Katrien Bruyneel, Annabelle Chambon, Cédric Charron, Tabitha Cholet, Renée Copraij, Anny Czupper, Els Deceukelier, Barbara De Coninck, Piet Defrancq,Stella Höttler, Sven Jakir, Ivana Jozic, Marina Kaptijn, Gustav Koenigs, Colline Libon, Moreno Perna, Gilles Polet, Pietro Quadrino, Antony Rizzi, Matteo Sedda, Merel Severs, Kasper Vandenberghe, Lies Vandewege, Andrew Van Ostade, Marc Moon Van Overmeir, Marleen Van Uden, Fabienne Vegt | concept, direction Jan Fabre | choreography Jan Fabre & dancers | text Jeroen Olyslaegers & Jan Fabre | music Dag Taeldeman | dramaturgy Miet Martens | scent concept/olfactory artist Peter de Cupere | assistant to the director Floria Lomme | screen photography Phil Griffin | guest dramaturgs Hans-Thies Lehmann, Luk Van den Dries, Freddy Decreus | production manager creation Ilka De Wilde | production manager tour Sebastiaan Peeters | technical direction André Schneider | light engineer Helmut Van den Meersschaut | sound and video engineer Tom Buys | technicians Wout Janssens, Kevin Dedecker, Vic Grevendonk | costume manager Kasia Mielczarek | costume assistant Maarten Van Mulken | props Roxane Gire, Alessandra Ferreri | tour planning Sophie Vanden Broeck | production Troubleyn/Jan Fabre | co-production Berliner Festspiele/Foreign Affairs (Berlin, DE), Concertgebouw Brugge, (Bruges, BE), Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam (Julidans festval) (NL) | with the special support of the City of Antwerp (BE) | supported by Angelos, Antwerp Troubleyn/Jan Fabre receives funding from the Flemish Community