Troubleyn | Jan Fabre

A demonic force who assails all strictures and opprobrium as he steadfastly probes the moods of bodies and the temper of the world, Jan Fabre has once again drawn his sword of ridicule.


In L’orgie de la tolérance, the Flemish artist torpedoes the consumer animals we have become, wallowing in the sleek jelly of excessive normality. Nine dancers leap and bound like creatures possessed, in solos or as an ensemble, utterly enthralled as they cling to their sofas and shopping carts. Everything is normal, everything is for sale but the pleasure is fleeting, for this domestic theatre is insidiously imbued with an uncomfortable feeling of insecurity – the violence and barbarity of the world. In this grotesque sketch about liberalism and its perverse effects, Jan Fabre brings to light the profound emptiness of these corroded little lives that perhaps resemble ours. Seeing a piece by Jan Fabre is like being thrown into a battlefield where beauty has a close, disturbing relationship to cruelty. With his latest work, he continues his incessant pushing of limits, a process that leaves no one unscathed.


Concept, Direction, Choreography & Set Design : Jan Fabre

Texts created together with the performers

Dramaturgy : Miet Martens

Performers : Linda Adami, Christian Bakalov, Katarina Bistrovic-Darvas Annabelle Chambon, Cédric Charron, Ivana Jozic, Goran Navojec, James Antony Rizzi, Kasper Vandenberghe

Music, Lyrics : Dag Taeldeman

Lighting Design : Jan Dekeyser, Jan Fabre

Costume Design : Andréa Kränzlin, Jan Fabre

Prosthesis : Denise Castermans

Production: Troubleyn | Jan Fabre (Antwerp)

Coproduction : Festival Internacional de Teatro ‘Santiago a Mil’ (Santiago de Chile) / Montclair State University (US) / Tanzhaus NRW (Düsseldorf) / DeSingel (Anvers) / Théâtre de la Ville (Paris) / Romaeuropa Festival (Rome)

In association with Usine C

Text: Isabelle Poulin

English Translation: Neil Kroetsch

Photos: Jean-Pierre Stoop