This special theatrical performance formally starts from a video installation: four monumental screens which have been set up in a square around a small stage. The audience is seated in this square, together with saxophonist Eric Sleichim, and a performer, a role which is alternatively interpreted by dancer, Ivana Jozic and by actor Jan Decorte. Both have previously been featured in Fabre’s productions. The performer enters into a confrontation with the music using language and gestures and with William Forsyth, the well-known choreographer who is projected onto the screens, and to whom this performance is dedicated. Forsyth is half-naked, dancing like ‘an angel of death’, in the anatomy museum of Montpelier, among the skulls and body parts contained in formaldehyde.
Fabre wrote the text, ‘The Angel of Death’, which Forsyth recites, in 1996. ‘The monologue for a man, a woman, or a hermaphrodite’, which is inspired by Andy Warhol, contains several ideas relating to authenticity and the immortality of icons, which were already previously featured in Fabre’s trilogy of the body. As a consequence the performance is elevated to the level of an encounter between three minds: Warhol, Forsyth and Fabre himself given that Fabre’s personal fascination with metamorphosis, the beauty of gender, the double identity and the contradiction inherent in artistry are all referenced.
concept, direction and texts Jan Fabre choreography Jan Fabre, Ivana Jozic live performer Ivana Jozic composition (and live performance) (bariton sax and electronics) Eric Sleichim film performer William Forsythe technical coordination Geert Van Der Auwera, Jelle Moerman location film Musée d'Anatomie (Montpellier, France) production Troubleyn/Jan Fabre (Antwerp, Belgium) co-production deSingel (Antwerp, Belgium)
with special thanks to Bloet vzw, Jan Vrints & Roger Leclercq (camera film), Jan Decoster (editing film), Miet Martens (assisitant to Jan Fabre film), Gert Wuyts (sound film).
The text of Angel of Death is published by l'Arche Editeur, Paris (1996)
première 02.10.2003, Pontedera