Belgian Rules/Belgium Rules
After the monumental 24 hours of Mount Olympus – To glorify the cult of tragedy (presented exclusively at the 30th Romaeuropa Festival and winner of the Ubu 2016 prize for best foreign show), Jan Fabre is back with a new, visionary creation: Belgian Rules/Belgium RulesRULES/BELGIUM RULES. This time, it will be his homeland of Belgium to be glorified by his ‘warriors of beauty’ (as Fabre defines his performers), in an homage like Fellini’s to Rome, covering all the elements that have formed and made the artist’s aesthetics famous.
«Theatre lay at the birth of this little country, and theatre is what will remain of it. Belgium is a country that is bursting at the seams between bureaucracy and stilted formality. An artificial and unstable State, used as a stage for others’ wars», commented Fabre.
In collaboration with songwriter Raymond van het Groenewoud and more than 10 performers on stage, Belgian Rules/Belgium Rules shakes up the image and culture of an entire country, a land of blood and wars, home to Rubens, Bruegel, Bosch and Magritte, as well as beer and chips. An ironic and cutting theatrical self-portrait, reflected in the image of Europe as a whole.