Troubleyn | Jan Fabre

The night writer - Giornale notturno

with Lino Musella

The Night Writer. Giornale Notturno is a visionary and disarming hymn to the subversive and intriguing artist Jan Fabre. His personal diaries feed into an intimate and provocative autobiography, performed on stage by the actor Lino Musella.

It’s a journey in strong colours, from the artist’s youth to today. The audience will be engulfed in a flow of thoughts connecting day-time activities, bubbling with irresistible ideas and ambitious projects, and night-time existence, when creativity merges with fury and reflections on life, love and sex speak of the visceral energy of the body.

The text includes several pages of Fabre's personal journals, collected in the two volumes of the 'Night Diary', published in Italy by Cronopio and excerpts from Fabre's theatre text: 'The Reincarnation of God', 'I Am A Mistake', 'The Emperor of loss', 'The King of Plagiarism', 'Body, Body on the Wall', 'I Am Blood', 'History of Tears' and 'Drugs Kept Me Alive'.

"To read the diary is to discover the multiple, contradictory and intriguing sides of Jan Fabre, who reveals himself sometimes visionary, sometimes disarming and shrewd, sometimes prickly and moving, provocative and hesitant, subversive and proud of his Flemish figurative tradition. () And then an obvious and significant discrepancy emerges between the artist's life during the day, rich in impressions, sensations, work, performances, exhibitions, projects and his life at night, possibly even more intense - intimate, lacerating, overwhelming, full of creative fury, now meditative, now "sanguine". The affirmation of limitless curiosity and of inexhaustible energy, revolving in these pages around the role of the body, a body that is both spiritual and material, cultural and visceral, a place of thought but also of blood, urine, sperm, nucleus of the eternal flow of birth-death-rebirth. () A portrait deep red and engaging. (Franco Paris)


with Lino Musella music Stef Kamil Carlens dramaturgy Miet Martens, Sigrid Bousset translations from Dutch Franco Paris technicians Geert Van der Auwera, Wout Janssens production manager Gaia Margherita Silvestrini

production Troubleyn/Jan Fabre (Antwerp, BE) & Aldo Grompone coproduction FOG Triennale Milano Performing Arts / LuganoInscena-LAC / Teatro Metastasio di Prato / TPE – Teatro Piemonte Europa / Marche Teatro / Teatro Stabile del Veneto executive producer & tour organisation Aldo Miguel Grompone - première: 15 March 2019, Milan Triënnale (IT)