The Body Exposed: An Analysis of the Performative Body in the Work of Jan Fabre

  • Author / Creator
    Sacca, Karl
  • Jan Fabre has been and continues to be one of Europe’s most controversial theatre directors, who never fails to shock the audience with very powerful yet provocative scenes. He has gained world recognition as a theatre director and visual artist, and his productions have been very successful and appraised. Fabre is always looking to learn something new about the human body and likes to experiment with different approaches every chance he gets.
    This thesis provides an in-depth analysis of the performative body on stage by offering a close reading to three of Fabre's productions and one of his projects as a visual artist. The thesis discusses Fabre's experiments with the body, the postdramatic features prevalent in his productions, the use of nudity on stage, and some of Fabre's other provocative strategies. The analysis relies on critical reviews collected from Troubleyn's archive, interviews conducted with Fabre on print or on YouTube, and video recordings of the productions.
    This research highlights the powers of the body and digs deeper into the creative mind of this remarkable contemporary director. It also connects all three productions that might seem very different in themes and context but are very similar in terms of its approach to the performance of body, the creation process, and audience and critical reception.

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  • Graduation date
    Fall 2023
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  • Degree
    Master of Arts
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