Troubleyn | Jan Fabre

The Night Writer - Serbia | NOCNI PISAC

with Slobodan Bestic

Theatre needs the mentality of performance art.
This mentality will erode the boundary between illusion and reality.
An abrasion will appear, into which I shall gladly rub salt.

- Jan Fabre | The Night Writer

The Night Writer NOCNI PISAC is a visionary and disarming hymn to the subversive and intriguing artist Jan Fabre. His personal diaries feed into an intimate and provocative autobiography. Slobodan Bestic brings in The Night Writer Jan Fabre’s unique world of ideas to life and performs his texts on stage. It is an excellent opportunity to discover Fabre’s intriguing Night Diaries as well as his poetic (theatre) texts. Instead of introducing the audience to the visual artist or the theatre-maker, The Night Writer concentrates on an aspect of Fabre that has 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. It’s a journey in strong colours, from the artist’s youth to today. The audience is 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 published in Serbia by Kulturni centar Beograda and excerpts from Fabre's theatre texts: 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.
 



Awards
2021 
Slobodan Bestic was granted the Golden Medal 'Maja Dimitrijevic' for the best monodrama, and the audience awarded him the Golden Medal 'Sinisa Dasic for his role in The Night Writer - Serbia.

“It rarely happens that the jury and the audience have the same opinion. This is exactly what happened at the 46th Festival of Monodrama, where Slobodan Bestic won two main awards for this monodrama" - Suzana Sudar / Serbian news Nova.rs

2020 The Night Writer - Serbia recieved the Belgrade National Theater Award


 

"It's a journey in strong colours, from the artist’s youth to today. The audience was 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…The standing ovations and applause lingered for a long time after the performance ended.” - Mikojan Bezbradica | Review of The Night Writer Serbian premier in 2020

“Slobodan Bestic performs the poetic-dramatic-visual monodrama "Night Writer", with evident success, not as a performer, but as an accomplice, a conspirator… Bestic, unique in the expressiveness with which he visually sculpts his existence on the stage, wittily, masterfully interprets the meandering thoughts about art, death, love … A whole new, unusual, revolutionary destructive world, coloured by the Flemish spirit, strange and seductive in its picturesqueness…” - Theatre critic, Dragana Boskovic | NOVOSTI Vecernje novosti
 

CO-PRODUCTION National Theatre in Belgrade
See production on NTB website: The Night Writer Serbia @NTB

 

Credits
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Performer Slobodan Bestic
Concept, direction, scenography Jan Fabre
Music Stef Kamil Carlens
Dramaturg Miet Martens
Translation Jelica Novakovic Lopušina
Set Designer Jan Fabre
Troubleyn Stage Crew Wout Janssens and Geert Van Der Auwera
Producer Milorad Jovanovic

Set realised by Jasna Saramandic
Costumes realised by Katarina Grcic Nikolic
The body of the Jan Fabre doll was done by Goran Belancevic in the workshops of the Children’s Theater „Dusko Radovic“
Light Srdan Micevic
Sound and Video Borivoje Andrijevic
Stage Crew Chief Bojan Pencic
Stage Manager Gordana Perovski
Production Troubleyn/Jan Fabre (Antwerp, BE) & National Theatre in Belgrade, Belgrade Cultural Center

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