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Belgian Rules / Belgium Rules

Troubleyn / Jan Fabre

Welkom in België! Bienvenue en Belgique! Willkommen in Belgien!

After the impressive Mount Olympus, Jan Fabre is now presenting an ode to his country, Belgium. He does this in the language that he feels is most suited for grasping the spirit of this slippery state, that of theatre, of images. Says Fabre, ‘Theatre lies at the origins of this little country, and theatre is what this little country remains. Belgium is bursting with bureaucracy and contrived ceremony. An artificial state that serves as a platform for other people’s wars. Everybody (and nobody) speaks three languages. Three regions subpide this minuscule territory. Belgians live life with gusto. They are greedy for pleasure. They celebrate the flesh, believe in fanfare and festivity. They dance with death, in masks and carnivals. Belgium is a land of processions and surrealists. Surreal and subversive. A race of slackers and bunglers lives in Belgium. Ceci n’est pas un pays.’

Together with an international cast of performers and musicians, Fabre has translated the Belgian identity into a traveling dance and theatre show. For this production, songwriter Raymond van het Groenewoud wrote a number of national anthems.

concept, direction

  • Jan Fabre


  • Johan De Boose


  • Raymond van het Groenewoud
  • Andrew Van Ostade


  • Miet Martens

artistic assistance & dramaturgy

  • Edith Cassiers


  • Annabelle Chambon
  • Cedric Charron
  • Tabitha Cholet
  • Anny Czupper
  • Conor Thomas Doherty
  • Stella Hottler
  • Ivana Jozic
  • Gustav Königs
  • Mariateresa Notarangelo
  • Ursel Tilk
  • Merel Severs
  • Çiğdem Polat
  • Annabel Reid
  • Andrew Van Ostade
  • Kasper Vandenberghe

costume design

  • Jonne Sikkema
  • Kasia Mielczarek
  • Les Ateliers du Théâtre de Liège
  • Catherine Somers

trainee assistant to the director

  • Nina Certyn

intern costumes

  • Monika Nyckowska

P.U.L.S. intern

  • Timeau De Keyser

production management

  • Sebastiaan Peeters

light design

  • Wout Janssens


  • Troubleyn / Jan Fabre


  • Napoli Teatro Festival
  • ImPulsTanz - Vienna International Dance Festival
  • Théâtre de Liège
  • Concertgebouw Brugge

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  2. Friday 17 November 2017 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  3. Saturday 18 November 2017 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen

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