Monodrama The Night Writer by a Versatile Belgian Artist Jan Fabre, Performed by Slobodan Beštić, Premieres on the “Raša Plaović” Stage

Monodrama The Night Writer, written, directed and designed by a versatile Belgian artist of international reputation, Jan Fabre, performed by a principal of the Drama Company of the National Theatre in Belgrade, Slobodan Beštić, premiered on the “Raša Plaović” Stage on 22nd February.

The Night Writer is an inspiring and disarming hymn to a subversive and intriguing artist Jan Fabre, in which he is not featured as a visual artist and theatre figure, instead the play focuses on his texts that often remain in the shadow of his other works.

They, just like Fabre’s drawings, represent his intimate experiences, desires, ideas and obsessions. He often writes them at night, (when all is silent and solitude sets in) in his quite original language opening the door to a world full of fantasy and surprising revelations.

It’s a journey in strong colours, from the artist’s youth to today. The audience was engulfed in a flow of thoughts connecting day-time activities, bubbling with irresistible ideas and ambitious projects, and night-time existence, when creativity merges with fury and reflections on life, love and sex speak of the visceral energy of the body.

The standing ovations and cordial applause that lingered for a long time after the performance ended in the hall filled to capacity, dedicated to the two original theatre artists, prove that the performance has been very well received by the audience.

Miet Martens did dramaturgy and Stef Kamil Carlens composed the music for the production.

The National Theatre in Belgrade produced The Night Writer together with the Troubleyn Company from Antwerp and the Belgrade Cultural Center. The production will remain on the repertory of the “Raša Plaović” Stage.

When the performance ended, the General Manager, Ms. Ivana Vujić, presented the Plaque of the National Theatre in Belgrade to Fabre and the audience had the opportunity to talk to him.

By means of this tour to Belgrade, Fabre cooperated with three cultural institutions, Belgrade Cultural Center, National Theatre and National Museum. On this occasion, besides the production of his monodrama The Night Writer, i.e. third volume of his Night Diary, he also put on an exhibition Feast of Little Friends in the National Museum; the exhibition will be open until 5th April. His featured works represent his mythic universe focused on life and death, beauty and horror, frailty and violence, mortality and eternity… Connection between Fabre’s works in spheres of visual arts, theatre and literature is based on drawing and writing.

Fabre, born in 1958, is considered one of the most innovative and versatile artists of today. He wrote numerous plays which have been translated and published throughout the world. Over the years, Jan Fabre has also built up an exceptional oeuvre as a visual artist. His numerous exhibitions have attracted a lot of attention worldwide. He was the first living artist to present his work at the Louvre (L’Ange de la metamorphose, 2008), and he also exhibited in the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg (2016).

Fabre participated at the BITEF festival with The Power of Theatrical Madness (awarded with Grand Prix “Mira Trailović” in 1984), Prometheus-Landscape II (opened the 45th BITEF) and the 24-hour performance of Mount Olympus, which triumphed two years ago. This unique performance in the Festival’s history was awarded with the Grand Prix “Mira Trailović”, the Politika Award for Directing and the Audience Award.
M.B.