In this production Fabre used the myth of Prometheus as a starting point for the second time in his career. Prometheus was a mythological rebel without a cause. He revolted against Zeus, stole the fire from the heavens and gave it to the people of earth. The firebringer Prometheus is for Fabre a figurehead of anatomy. Jeroen Olyslaeghers, also of a rebellious nature, rewrote the text of Greek poet Aeschylus.
On September 12 2001 a group of people in front of Ground Zero, New York are photographed holding up a banner on which was painted: WE NEED HEROES NOW. In his Prometheus Landscape II Fabre voices the same cry of distress. Fabre’s performance shows what has become of Prometheus’ fire: it was robbed of its enchantment and promise. A desert landscape extends itself in front of us, and the light starts to dim.
concept, direction, scenography Jan Fabre text I am the all-giver Jeroen Olyslaegers (based on Aeschylos' Prometheus Bound) & We need heroes now Jan Fabre music Dag Taeldeman assistance, dramaturgy Miet Martens performers Katarina Bistrović-Darvaš, Annabelle Chambon, Cédric Charron, Vittoria De Ferrari, Lawrence Goldhuber, Ivana Jozić/Lisa May, Katarzyna Makuch, Gilles Polet, Kasper Vandenberghe, Kurt Vandendriessche
light Jan Dekeyser
costumes Andrea Kränzlin
technical coordination tour Arne Lievens
sound & video Tom Buys
technician Bern Van Deun
production & tour manager Tomas Wendelen
english coach Tom Hannes
voice coach Lynette Erving (head of voice and speech Bristol Old Vic Theatre School)
production Troubleyn/Jan Fabre (Antwerp, Belgium). With the support of the Flemish Government. co-production Peak Performances @ Montclair State University (Montclair, USA), Théâtre de la Ville (Paris, France), Malta Festival (Poznan, Poland), Tanzhaus NRW (Düsseldorf, Germany), Zagreb Youth Theatre (Zagreb, Croatia), Exodos Ljubljana (Ljubljana, Slovenia), La Biennale di Venezia (Venice, Italy), Bitef Theatre Belgrade (Belgrade, Serbia): as part of the ENPARTS - European Network of Performing Arts, with the support of the Culture Programme of the European Commission
internship Edith Cassiers (dramaturgy), Katarzyna Mielczarek (costumes), Maja Zupancic (costumes)
première 20.01.2011 Kasser Theater, MSU, Montclair