CPPM GUEST ARTIST
Ivana Jozic and Pietro Quadrino
Ivana Jozic is a dancer and actress born in Zagreb, Croatia. She studied dance at the School for Classical Ballet in Zagreb and London Contemporary Dance School and acting in Drama Studio London. She started to work with Jan Fabre in 2003 for the production “Je suis sang” (2003). Later she continued with other productions: “Tannhäuser” (2004), “The Crying Body” (2004), “Histoire des Larmes” (2005), “Requiem for Metamorphosis” (2007), “Orgy of Tolerance” (2009) and “Prometheus Landscape II” (2011). She toured for 4 years with Fabre’s solo “Angel of Death”, a worldwide success which won the Golden Laurel Wreath at the MESS International Theatre Festival, honouring the best overall performance. In 2008, Fabre had written and created another solo for her: “Another Sleepy, Dusty, Delta Day”. Ivana is part of Jan Fabre’s 24-hour project “Mount Olympus” (2015), and continues to work on other projects. As an actress, Ivana appeared in Chantal Akerman’s movie-installation “Women from Antwerp in November” (2007) and in Pierre Coulibeuf’s “Doctor Fabre will cure you” (2013).
Jan Fabre has grown to become one of the most versatile artists on the international stage. He makes a clean break with the conventions of contemporary theatre by introducing the concept of ‘real-time performance’ – sometimes called ‘living installations’ – and explores radical choreographic possibilities as a means of resurrecting classical dance. Fabre has been writing his own plays since 1975, although it was not until 1989 that they were first performed. His texts form an exceptional collection of miniatures, as it were, with a very open writing style and reflect Fabre’s concept of theatre as an all-encompassing form of art in which dialogue functions alongside other elements such as dance, music, opera, performance and improvisation. Chaos and discipline, repetition and madness, metamorphosis and the anonymous are all indispensable ingredients in Fabre’s theatre. The acuteness and reserve with which he employs language demand innovative solutions which have also appeared in the hand of other directors to have worked with his texts.
Just like Stanislavski, Meyerhold, and Grotowski, throughout his career, Jan Fabre has put together a set of ‘exercises’ which he uses to prepare his performers (his actors and dancers) to work on stage. These ‘Guidelines for a performer in the 21st century’ have developed into the basis of his teaching and find specific expression in his work. The series of exercises focuses on systematically refining and optimising the quest for the potential of the physical acting (also known as ‘physiological’ acting). Fabre attaches great importance to breathing, the use of explosive energy, and the articulations of head, torso, and limbs. A lot of input is drawn from the kinetics of cold and warm-blooded animals.