Troubleyn | Jan Fabre


(On the top of Mount Olympus)

An 8 hour - performance


Saturday 27 May  SOLD OUT
(16:00 - 24:00)
Saturday 3 June  SOLD OUT
(14:00 - 22:00)


The highest peak of Mount Olympus is called Mytikas. A Greek word for Nose. As the gods live on that mountain, the Nose is the nose of all the gods. They enjoy the smells that come from the humans, who live in the valley, on the earth. The humans sacrifice herbs, animals and other humans. They forge weapons and make war. War smells, death smells, love smells. The gods enjoy the fragrance of the world.

Our host is the lovely gender-fluid god: Dionysus. They introduce us to the world of raves. They celebrate all human things: love, peace, unity and respect, briefly p.l.u.r., but the opposite as well: hatred, struggle, disharmony and contempt. In this spectacle, everything is possible: the fulfillment of enchanting dreams and vicious grief, of cheerful love and horrible pain. The spectacle is a catharsis, a purification: face the worst, and be cleansed.

Life and death are interchangeable. Old, dead heroes appear and revive their lives. Oedipus, for example, the tragic king who killed his father and married his mother, he who tried to escape from his fate and on the contrary embraced it, he who poked out his eyes because he didn’t want to see the world anymore. But is he really blind? Or is he just a coward like all of us? And his daughter, Antigone, the first woman who dared to say ‘no’ to the power of politics and war, the first anarchist in history, how does she look at our world?

They are not dead, they live amongst us, and they ask the same old questions.

From ancient times another anarchist appears Prometheus, the man who dared to climb the Mytikas and insulted the gods by stealing the arrows of the lightning and giving them to the mortals. He who wanted to liberate mankind and paid a terrible price for it. What is his message to us, after all those centuries of torments?

Peak Mytikas (On the top of Mount Olympus) is a spectacle full of color and odor, full of death and desire, a feast on the edge of the grave, a celebration of beauty and passion, while the world is heading to its end. But at the same time, it is a ritual game, that forces us to think about the future. 

The texts are written by Johan De Boose, writer of Belgian rules/Belgium Rules. The music is composed and performed live on stage by Alma Auer. 11 multi-talented performers (actors, dancers, and musicians) will join Jan Fabre in  this 8- hour-long mythological rave.


International touring management: Aldo Grompone
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Concept & direction: Jan Fabre
Text: Johan de Boose
Music: Alma Auer
Dramaturgy: Miet Martens
Lighting Design & Technical: Wout Janssens
Choreography: Jan Fabre & Ivana Jozic
Performed by Alma Auer, Annabelle Chambon, Anny Czupper, Cédric Charron, Conor Doherty, Gustav Koenigs, Irene Urciuoli, Ivana Jozic, Matteo Franco, Pietro Quadrino and Stella Höttler
Guest dramaturgy: Sylvia Solakidi
Costume design: Kasia Mielczarek
Velvet capes by Aravinda Rodenburg Bespoke Tailor
Sound engineer: Sam Geerts
Technician: Kevin Deckers
Business management & titles: Joost Claes
Press and communication: Sophie Lukersmith
Photography: Hanna Auer

International touring management: Aldo Grompone
Co-produced by Perpodium, with the support of the Belgian Federal government tax shelter.

With sincere thanks to the Board of Directors and General Assembly of Troubleyn/Jan Fabre vzw