Troubleyn | Jan Fabre

the Swan Lake

At the request of the theatre festival in Avignon Fabre created a solo and chose to work with the Icelandic dancer, Erna Omarsdottir for this. During this raw and powerful dance performance the dancer slowly transforms into a dog which crawls across the stage, sniffing and licking. She is surrounded by suspended and supine stuffed dogs and one live dog. The main theme is the song, ‘Le Chien’, by Léo Ferré, which was also featured in Fabre’s last production. Festive hats are used, turning the whole performance into a party for the dead. Clumps of butter are thrown onto the stage, fed to the dogs and the dancer also uses it to lather her body. She communicates with the audience, her eyes glaring fiercely at them and she unleashes the animal within. Her body continuously changes: a rebellious, dog-like, girly or female creature, which takes on nuance and depth, as a result of her body language, which alternates between dancing and moving. She is no longer a uniform character. Omarsdottir embodies the loneliness of the artist, who continuously is required to prove himself. When he fails he is cast out like a dog onto the streets.

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choreography, scenography Jan Fabre dance Erna Omarsdottir (creation) / Valeria Garré (2002) lights Sven Van Kuijk soundscape Frank Pay music Le chien – text ann music by Léo Ferré Debaser – text and music by The Pixies texte La Mauvaise réputation –a poem by Georges Brassens video Emanuel Maes production Troubleyn / Jan Fabre (Antwerp) with SACD (Paris).

My Movements are alone like Streetdogs was made on the request of Karine Saporta for “Le Vif du Sujet” / Festival d’Avignon 2000

première 14.07.2000, Chapelle des Pénitents Blancs, Festival d'Avignon, Avignon

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