Jan Fabre

Jan Fabre (Belgian, b.1958) has spent the past 40 years creating works in performance art, at the theater as playwright, stage director, choreographer and designer, and using visual arts. A graduate of the Municipal Institute of Decorative Arts, as well as the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Fabre received early recognition through his performance art. His themes include ancient rituals, beauty, lust, and violence. Between 1976 and 1980, the artist focused on theater, completing his first scripts. In 1986, Troubleyn/Jan Fabre Theatre Company was established. In the 1980s, his work shifted toward an investigation of the body in its physiological, intellectual and symbolic aspects and he endeavours to unlock the secret of ‘beauty’ as well as investigate the interchange between art and science, man and animal, life and death. Fabre seems to be deeply inspired not only by he philosophy, anthropology, and even spirituality which govern him in pursuing imagination always one step further.