Prometheus Landscape II
Venice - Belgrade, 11 October 2011 - 13 September 2011
Tuesday October 11 at 7:00 p.m.
Teatro Piccolo Arsenale, Venice
Troubleyn/Jan Fabre (Belgium)
Prometheus Landscape II [Italian premiere]
concept, direction, set design Jan Fabre
written by Jeroen Olvslaegers (I am the all-giver from the Prometheus Bound by Aeschilus), by Jan Fabre (We need heroes now)
with Kurt Vandendriessche (Prometheus), Ivana Jozic (Prologo, Bia, Athena), Gilles Polet (Prologo), Cédric Charron (Kratos, Dyonisos), Kasper Vandenberghe (Hephaestus), Lawrence Goldhuber (Epimetheus), Annabelle Chambon (Io), Katarina Bistrovic-Darvaš (Hermes, Oceanus), Katarzyna Makuch (Pandora), Vittoria De Ferrari
music Dag Taeldeman
assistance and dramaturgy Miet Martens
lighting Jan Dekeyser
costumes Andrea Kränzlin
technical coordination on tour Arne Lievens
sound and video Tom Buys
technical coordination Bern Van Deun
production Troubleyn/Jan Fabre (Antwerp, Belgium)
with the support of the Flemish Government
a co-production of Peak Performances@Montclair State University (Montclair, USA), Théâtre de la Ville (Paris, France), Malta Festival (Poznan, Poland), Tanzhaus NRW (Düsseldorf, Germany), Zagreb Youth Theatre (Zagreb, Croatia), Exodos Ljubljana (Ljubljana, Slovenia)
and in co-production with La Biennale di Venezia (Venice, Italy), Bitef Theatre Belgrade (Belgrade, Serbia) as part of the ENPARTS – European Network of Performing Arts project with the support of the Culture Programme of the European Commission
13 September 2011
20-21-22-23-27-28-29-30 January 2011, Montclair State University, Kasser Theater / 15-17-18-19 February 2011, Tanzhaus Nrw Dusseldorf / 23-24-25-26 February 2011, Desingel, Antwerp / 11-12 March, Teatro Central, Sevilla / 16-17-18-19 March 2011, Kaaitheater, Brussels / 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8 April 2011, Théâtre De La Ville, Paris / 19-20 April 2011, Exodos Festival, Ljubljana / 13-14 May 2011, Theater Aan Het Vrijthof, Maastricht / 19-20 May 2011, Cndc, Angers / 26-27-28 May 2011, Vooruit, Gent / 8-9 July 2011, Malta Festival, Poznan / 19 July 2011, Impulstanz, Vienna / 16-17 September 2011, Zkm Zagreb / 24-25 September 2011, Arsenic, Lausanne / 28-29 September 2011, Adc, Genève / 18-19-20 October 2011, La Rose Des Vents, Villeneuve-D’ascq / 5-6 November 2011, Romaeuropa Festival, Rome / 18-19 November 2011, Pallas Theatre, Athens
A choreographer, director, set designer, but also the author of sculptures, drawings, films, installations and disconcerting performances, since the Seventies Flemish artist Jan Fabre has built a body of works that has brought him international fame, giving form and truth to his obsessions with an incomparable sense of discipline and perfection. A many-time guest at the Venice Biennale since the earliest days of his career in the theatre, when he was invited to the International Art Exhibition in 1984 with The Power of Theatrical Madness, a frequent guest at Documenta in Kassel, where he made his choreographic debut with Dance Sections, Jan Fabre is one of the few contemporary artists to be consecrated with an exhibition at the Louvre in Paris (Jan Fabre au Louvre. L’Ange de la metamorphose, 2008). With a reputation as a provocateur and an inconvenient artist, Jan Fabre’s work is inspired by a profound ethical rebellion: it is no surprise therefore, that twenty years later (Prometheus Landscape I is dated 1988), Fabre returns to the mythical figure of Prometheus, the archetype of every rebellion, the hero who stole the fire from the gods in a proud gesture of independence from the rules of Mount Olympus, and gave it to men. Fabre began with the prototype by Aeschylus and, clearing the table of all the interpretations that have stratified over the centuries, he decomposes the play into eight explosive monologues, plunging the action into an apocalyptic landscape of fire, smoke and sand, exasperating the tragic dimension in a violent accusation against society.
Prometheus – Landscape II, which made its debut in the United States in January, after a tour through the major capitals of Europe and Japan, comes for its Italian premiere performance to the Biennale di Venezia, which co-produced it with the Bitef Theatre of Belgrade as part of the ENPARTS (European Network of Performing Arts) Project with the support of the Culture Programme of the European Commission.