Troubleyn | Jan Fabre


a literary production

Three actors – Tiny Bertels, Gène Bervoets and Clara Cleymans – bring Jan Fabre’s unique world of ideas to life and perform his texts on stage. Stef Kamil Carlens composes the music.

This is an excellent opportunity to discover Fabre’s intriguing “Nachtboeken” as well as his poetic (theatre) texts. Instead of introducing the audience to the visual artist or the theatre maker, “Nachtschrijver” concentrates on an aspect of Fabre that has hitherto remained in the shadows: his texts. 

Like his drawings, Fabre’s texts reflect his intimate experiences, his recurring desires, ideas and obsessions. They are frequently written in the night-time hours, when all is silent and solitude sets in, in his very own, original language. They open the door to a world full of fantasy and surprising insights.

Jan Fabre will direct this production and is in charge of the scenography.

Jan Fabre’s imagination never stops working. It even keeps him awake. He collects his history and writes the script for his future. He envisions, envisages, discovers, discloses and signifies.

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Production: Troubleyn/Jan Fabre and De Bezige Bij
Texts, direction and scenography:  Jan Fabre
Dramaturgy: Miet Martens, Sigrid Bousset
With:  Tiny Bertels, Gène Bervoets and Clara Cleymans
Music: Stef Kamil Carlens