Mount Olympus. To glorify the cult of tragedy, a 24 hour performance is one huge slab of history dipped in a sea of time. It is humanity’s time, time of the birth of tragedy, of the descent into hell and the volcano of evil, ceaselessly spewing its ashes. Its breeding grounds are the hubris, blindness and cravings of man. Over and over, man stumbles over divine commandments, falls, and drags along generations of time. Simultaneously distant and nearby, we recognize outlines of stories and characters taken from Greek tragedy. These characters have their faults torn open by Fabre, are left in tatters, beaten by violence and Homeric laughter and fervent ecstasy. However, tragedy is forced to share its spotlights with time. What is time, in theatre? What happens when time is stretched out, until it relaxes and unravels? Is this a sort of hallucination? A dream? What is it like to wallow in the swamp of insomnia. Mount Olympus is shaping up to be a unique experience. Come climb that mountain, dive into that ocean. This will be unforgettable.
performers 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 light design Jan Fabre & Helmut Van den Meersschaut costume design Jan Fabre & Kasia Mielczarek scent concept / olfactory artist Peter de Cupere assistant to the director Floria Lomme artist in residence & screen photography Phil Griffin invited dramaturgs Hans-Thies Lehmann, Luk Van den Dries, Freddy Decreus kendo teacher Erik Van de Mert yoga teachers Renée Copraij, Ivana Jozic, Annabelle Chambon, Cédric Charron production manager Sebastiaan Peeters technical direction André Schneider technicians Helmut Van den Meersschaut, Wout Janssens, Kevin Deckers sound engineer Tom Buys subtitles Lies Linthout interns Maarten van Mulken (costume), An Somers (costume), Alessandra Ferreri (props, light), Roxane Gire (production), Sam De Mol (photography & webcontent) tour planning Sophie Vanden Broeck Troubleyn/Laboratorium Mark Geurden publications Sigrid Bousset special thanks to Tom Alofs, Margot Bloemen, Giulio Boato, Joanna De Vos, Nino Goyvaerts, Serge Hannecart, Maai Meukens, Mikes Poppe, Melania Rossi, Anne Schütt, Sven Tassaert, Lode Verreyen, Mia Vuylsteke, Jan Dekeyser, Harry Bleyens, Hans Everaert, Erik Sansen, Schepen Heylen en Jan Rombouts production Troubleyn/Jan Fabre co-production Berliner Festspiele/Foreign Affairs, Concertgebouw Brugge/December Dance, Julidans 2015 Amsterdam with the special support of de Stad Antwerpen with the support of Angelos, Antwerp Troubleyn/Jan Fabre receives funding from the Flemish Community