Jan Fabre’s Nachtboek relates 1980s Flemish Wave
One of Flanders’ top choreographers and stage directors, Jan Fabre recounts the early years of contemporary performance in a new book
On shelves next month
Together with Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, Wim Vandekeybus and Alain Platel, Fabre took local performing arts from the traditional to the cutting edge and co-operated with international players such as Robert Mapplethorpe, Helmut Newton and William Forsythe. He relates these relationships as well as his personal desperation to translate his never-ending thoughts to the stage – which kept him up at night.
Nachtboek: 1985-1991 (in Dutch) releases on 15 September. It is published by De Bezige Bij and retails for €22.50.
Photo of Jan Fabre by Robert Mapplethorpe, 1984
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