Jan Fabre’s Mount Olympus is a stage event of superlatives. It shows what real avant-garde is like: not an experiment in watching, but an evaluation of the half-life of ideological dogmas and artistic clichés. And here it is, the beautiful era of Greek antiquity: 24 hours of Herculean exploits done travesty-style, with ferocity, incest, infanticide and matricide, animal and human sacrifices – and not a smidgen of divine heroism: that’s only a sham. Incessantly, the performers execute grand jetés while circling new batches of victims of ancient Greek battles. Mount Olympus is also a paraphrase of the celebrated Living Theatre’s Paradise Now. Jan Fabre not merely reaches out to 1960s avant-garde and its demand for liberty: he goes even further and shows what will happen when people are seized by the idea of unfettered freedom. His performance is permanent change: tolerance becomes intolerance, machismo is transmuted into feminism, political correctness turns into xenophobia – a total revolution that breaks down all boundaries and leaves new clichés, “user-friendly” systems, slogans and catchphrases far behind. Jan Fabre’s grandiose anti-utopia, a slaughter party with food, drink and sleep, is one of the most utopian projects.
Concept, direction Jan Fabre Choreography Jan Fabre, dancers Text Jeroen Olyslaegers, Jan Fabre Music Dag Taeldeman Dramaturgy Miet Martens Light design Jan Fabre, Helmut Van den Meerschaut Costumes Jan Fabre, Kasia Mielczarek Scent concept/olfactory artist Peter de Cupere Screen photography Phil Griffin Guest dramaturgs Hans-Thies Lehmann, Luk Van den Dries, Freddy Decreus
Assistant to the director Floria Lomme Costume assistant Maarten Van Mulken Props Roxane Gire, Alessandra Ferreri Production manager tour Sebastiaan Peeters Technical direction André Schneider Light engineer Helmut Van den Meerschaut Sound and video engineer Tom Buys Technicians Wout Janssens, Jan Balfoort, Vic Grevendonk Tour planing Sophie Vanden Broeck
With Lore Borremans, Katrien Bruyneel, Annabelle Chambon, Cédric Charron, Tabitha Cholet, Renée Copraij, Anny Czupper, Els Deceukelier, Barbara De Coninck, Piet Defrancq, Stella Höttler, Sven Jakir, Ivana Jozic, Marina Kaptijn, Gustav Koenigs, Colline Libon, Moreno Perna, Gilles Polet, Pietro Quadrino, Antony Rizzi, Matteo Sedda, Merel Severs, Kasper Vandenberghe, Lies Vandewege, Andrew Van Ostade, Marc Moon Van Overmeir, Marleen Van Uden, Fabienne Vegt
Production Troubleyn, Antwerp Co-production Berliner Festspiele/Foreign Affairs, Concertgebouw Brugge, Julidans ‘15/Stadsschouwburg, Amsterdam With the support of City of Antwerp, Angelos, Antwerp, Flemish Community Supported by Hauptstadtkulturfonds/Capital Culture Fund, Berlin
EUR 25,- / 45,- / 65,-
In German, English, French and Dutch with German surtitles
21 May, 7.30 p.m. till 22 May, 7.30 p.m. (24 hours)
For audiences aged 16 years and older
During the entire performance, spectators may come and go as they please; food and beverages may be bought as well. A limited number of places to rest will be available at the performance venue outside the auditorium.
In case the performance is sold out, temporary tickets at EUR 20,- are sold at the evening box-office starting at 12.00 pm midnight. These temporary tickets entitle the owner to occupy a vacant seat, until the original owner returns, in which case the temporary ticket owner can move to another vacant seat. If all seats are occupied, the temporary ticket owner has to leave the auditorium.