Jan Fabre

(b. 1958)

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(b Antwerp, 14 Dec. 1958)

Belgian choreographer, performance artist, and theatre director. He studied visual arts and presented a series of solo performance works (1976–82) exploring the dynamics of ordinary human movement within the context of theatrical ritual. In 1980 he began creating group works for dance, opera, and theatre, including The Sound of One Hand Clapping (mus. Knapik, 1990) for Frankfurt Ballet. He introduced classical movement into his vocabulary in The Power of Theatrical Madness (1984), a production that featured a dancer repeating a slow phrase of movement for thirteen minutes with her back to the audience. In 2002 he choreographed and directed a controversial version of Swan Lake for the Royal Flanders Ballet, which featured a live owl in its cast. Recent works include Angel of Death (2003) and Another Sleepy Dusty Delta Day (2008).

Subjects: Dance.

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