MOUNT OLYMPUS – JAN FABRE1 September 2017
A UNIQUE 24-HOUR PERFORMANCE
Jan Fabre’s twenty-four hour project is an attack on time. Fabre stretches time, battles with the second hand, and makes time tick faster or miss a beat.
He intensifies the moment, that eternal here and now of the theatre, in a maelstrom of images that carry the viewer off to a different experience of time, a labyrinth in time where one wanders, lost between forever and never, yesterday and tomorrow, sleeping and waking, dream and reality.
The stage acts like the distorting mirror of humanity’s darkest side. Before Western psychoanalysis took hold of it, authentic tragedy belonged to gods and Greek heroes like Antigone, Prometheus, Oedipus and Electra. This theater requires the most absolute transgression of moral and social norms and does not restrict itself to any standards.
The actors wake and sleep on stage; the stagehands wake and sleep on stage; the dramaturges wake and sleep on stage. For twenty-four hours, Fabre constructs his images out of their stolen dreams.
In this performance, catharsis cannot be felt without strong images, beauty, violence and the audience’s courage to face it.