Troubleyn | Jan Fabre

Mount Olympus

To glorify the cult of tragedy, a 24 hour performance

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.  

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performers (creation 2015) Lore Borremans, Katrien Bruyneel, Annabelle Chambon, Cédric Charron, Renée Copraij, Anny Czupper, Els Deceukelier, Barbara De Coninck, Piet Defrancq, Melissa Guérin, Stella Höttler, Sven Jakir, Ivana Jozic, Marina Kaptijn, Gustav Koenigs, Sarah Lutz, Moreno Perna, Gilles Polet , Pietro Quadrino, Antony Rizzi, Matteo Sedda, Kasper Vandenberghe, Lies Vandewege, Andrew Van Ostade, Marc Moon Van Overmeir, Fabienne Vegt concept, direction Jan Fabre choreography Jan Fabre & dancers texts Jeroen Olyslaegers & Jan Fabre music Dag Taeldeman dramaturgy Miet Martens licht design Jan Fabre & Helmut Van den Meersschaut costume design Jan Fabre & Kasia Mielczarek assistent to the director Floria Lomme artist in residence/background images Phil Griffin guest dramaturges 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 Ilka Dewilde (creation 2015), Sebastiaan Peeters (tour) technical director André Schneider light technician Helmut Van den Meersschaut, Wout Janssens technician Kevin Deckers, Milan Vandoren sound Tom Buys subtitling Lies Linthout interns Maarten van Mulken (costumes), An Somers (costumes), Alessandra Ferreri (props, light), Roxane Gire (production), Sam De Mol (fotography & webcontent) 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, Philip Heylen, Jan Rombouts production Troubleyn/Jan Fabre co-productie ¨Berliner Festspiele/Foreign Affairs, Concertgebouw Brugge/December Dance, Julidans 2015 Amsterdam with the special support of the City of Antwerpen and with the support of Angelos, Antwerp

Troubleyn/Jan Fabre receives subsidies from the Flemish Government and the City of Antwerp