Troubleyn / Jan Fabre
National Theatre in Belgrade
Serbian Translation: Jelica Novaković Lopušina
Director: Jan Fabre
Music: Stef Kamil Carlens
Playwright: Michael Martens
Executive Producer: Milorad Jovanović
Actor: Slobodan Beštić
About the Play
The Night Writer is a visionary and disarming ode to the subversive and intriguing artist Jan Fabre. His personal diaries portray an intimate and provocative autobiography. Slobodan Beštić brings us the unique world of Fabre’s Night Writer and performs his text on the stage. This is a remarkable opportunity to uncover Fabre’s interesting Night diaries, as well as his poetic(dramatic) texts. However, the audience won’t see the visual artist and theatre genius Fabre; instead, the Night Writer focuses on his creative aspect that often remains cast in shadows – his texts. Like his drawings, Fabre’s texts also paint out his intimate experiences, desires, ideas, and obsessions. He often writes them by night, when everything is quiet, and loneliness descends on a man, and he writes them in his very original language. They open the door to a world filled with fantasy and astonishing discoveries. It is a voyage of vibrant colors, starting from the artist’s youth to this day. The audience will hear thoughts about daily activities, an abundance of irresistible ideas and ambitious projects, as well as the nightly existence, when creativity coalesces into anger and contemplations about life, love, and the sexual aspect of bodily energy.
About the Author
Jan Fabre is considered one of the most inventive and multi-faceted artists of today. During the last 30 years, he has worked as a visual artist, theatre artist, and writer. His works, “It is Theatre as to be Expected and Foreseen” from 1982 and “The power of theatrical madness” published two years later, shook the foundation of the European theatre establishment. Productions such as Je suis sang, Angel of death, Quando l’uomo principale è una donna, Orgy of Tolerance, Preparatio Mortis and Prometheus–Landscape II brought international fame to Fabre. In 2005, Faber collaborated on the Festival d'Avignon, where he presented Histoire des Larmes for Cour d’honneur. Notable recent works include Mount Olympus. To Glorify the Cult of Tragedy. A 24-hour performance and Belgium Rules/Belgian Rules.
About the Performer
Slobodan Beštić is a Serbian actor. He formerly worked at the Yugoslav Drama Theatre from 1987 to 2991 when he transferred to the National Theatre, where he is still today. He taught acting and stage movement classes at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts and BK Academy. He has received numerous accolades, including the Best Young Actor Award for his role of Moric in the Buđenje Proleća, special awards for the most successful research of theatre language, the Gordana Kosanović Award, as well as several Best Male Actor at several prestigious festivals.