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Picture: Wonge Bergmann
Belgian Rules/Belgium Rules by Jan Fabre / Troubleyn
Picture: Wonge Bergmann
Picture: Wonge Bergmann
Belgian Rules/Belgium Rules by Jan Fabre / Troubleyn
Picture: Wonge Bergmann
Picture: Wonge Bergmann
Belgian Rules/Belgium Rules by Jan Fabre / Troubleyn
Picture: Wonge Bergmann
Picture: Wonge Bergmann
Belgian Rules/Belgium Rules by Jan Fabre / Troubleyn
Picture: Wonge Bergmann
Picture: Wonge Bergmann
Belgian Rules/Belgium Rules by Jan Fabre / Troubleyn
Picture: Wonge Bergmann
Picture: Wonge Bergmann
Belgian Rules/Belgium Rules by Jan Fabre / Troubleyn
Picture: Wonge Bergmann
Picture: Wonge Bergmann
Belgian Rules/Belgium Rules by Jan Fabre / Troubleyn
Picture: Wonge Bergmann
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Jan Fabre / Troubleyn

Belgian Rules / Belgium Rules

Not as the story of nationalism, but rather as the story of a complete lack of nationalism. This is how Belgium is represented in a passionate and ambivalent homage. In "Belgian Rules/Belgium Rules," Jan Fabre reaches into the treasure chests and trash buckets of his homeland Belgium. He tells its history with the aid of a heterogenous collection of references from the Belgian art history: from Hieronymus Bosch and Jan van Eyck to René Magritte. Through these abundant images, arranged in a strict symmetry of 14 chapters, fantasy and reality, myths and facts are combined – ever so stimulating. Not only are these paintings provocatively brought to life, they become the basis to study socio-cultural phenomena – and not solely Belgian ones. Both poetic and funny, contemplative and enraging, the result is always highly aesthetic. Last in 2013 two of Fabre’s iconic pieces from the 80s were shown at HAU: "The Power of Theatrical Madness" and "This is theatre like it was to be expected and foreseen."                                        
Current Performances
Fri 16.03.2018, 19:00 / HAU1
Sat 17.03.2018, 19:00 / HAU1
Diverse languages with German and English surtitles
3h 35 Min.
Concept und Regie
Jan Fabre
Performance
Annabelle Chambon, Cédric Charron, Tabitha Cholet, Anny Czupper, Conor Thomas Doherty, Stella Höttler, Ivana Jozic, Gustav Koenigs, Mariateresa Notarangelo, Çigdem Polat, Annabel Reid, Merel Severs, Ursel Tilk, Kasper Vandenberghe and Andrew James Van Ostade
Text
Johan de Boose
Music
Raymond van het Groenewoud (Belgian Rules and Vlaanderen Boven/Wallonie d’abord) and Andrew James Van Ostade (all carnival music and soundscapes, and rap)
Dramaturgy
Miet Martens
Assistance dramaturgy
Edith Cassiers
Costume design
Kasia Mielczarek and Jonne Sikkema, Les Ateliers du Théâtre de Liège, Catherine Somers (carnival hats)
Intern assistant to the director
Nina Certyn
Intern costume design
Monika Nyckowska
Intern P.U.L.S. (Project for Upcoming artists on the Large Stage)
Timeau De Keyser
Technical management
André Schneider
Production management
Sebastiaan Peeters
Light technique
Wout Janssens
Stage technique
Randy Tielemans, Kevin Deckers
Sound technique
Howard Heckers
(Inter)national Sales
Sophie Vanden Broeck
Company management
Mark Geurden
Press and communication
Edith Cassiers
German premiere 16th March 2018
Production: Troubleyn/Jan Fabre. Co-production: Napoli Teatro Festival Italia-Fondazione Campania dei Festival, ImPulsTanz Vienna International Dance Festival, Théâtre de Liège, Concertgebouw Brugge.