Troubleyn | Jan Fabre

Angel of Death

Solo for Ivana Jozic

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 the solo performer, a role which is interpreted by dancer, Ivana Jozic. 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.  

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concept, direction and texts Jan Fabre choreography Jan Fabre, Ivana Jozic live performer Ivana Jozic composition (and live performance in some cases) (bariton sax and electronics) Eric Sleichim film performer William Forsythe technical coordination Geert Van Der Auwera location film Musée d'Anatomie (Montpellier, France) production Troubleyn/Jan Fabre (Antwerp, Belgium) co-production deSingel (Antwerp, Belgium)

The text of Angel of Death is published by l'Arche Editeur, Paris (1996)

première 02.10.2003, Pontedera

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