BL!NDMAN Akenkaai 2, B-1000 Brussels +32 (0)2 201 59 47
 
 

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music & direction Eric Sleichim
Jan Fabre original text
B-architecten scenography
Bart Van Den Eynde dramaturgy
Chris Snik Costumes

ACTORS AND MUSICIANS
Phil Minton Artaud I
Hagen Matzeit Artaud II
Viviane De Muynck narrator BL!NDMAN [SAX], the choir:
Koen Maas soprano saxophone
Piet Rebel tenor saxophone
Raf Minten baritone saxophone
Eric Sleichim electronics

CREW
Veerle Vaes production BL!NDMAN
Veerle Francke production Transparant
Roel Ghesquière technical coordination
Jo Thielemans sound technician

MEN IN TRIBULATION is produced by Muziektheater Transparant, with the support of Kaaitheater Brussels. Thanks to Raymonde Carasco, Régis Hebraud

BL!NDMAN is supported by the Arts Administration of the Ministry of the Flemish Community and the Flemish Community Commission of the Brussels-Capital Region. BL!NDMAN [sax] play Selmer Paris Saxophones. BL!NDMAN [drums] is supported by Muremo, distributor of Bergerault Percusssion Instruments.

MEN IN TRIBULATION

music theater about Antonin Artaud for countertenor, commenter, voices, saxophone quartet and electronics

For one hour, the duration of the performance, we travel into the mind of Antonin Artaud, poet, theatre maker, thinker and visionary. One hour, the last hour of an exhausted spirit in a battle-weary body.

In this last hour, the voices in his head won’t keep silent. They shout, whisper and sing the pain of a spirit that suffers and desires. Again and again, they call up snatches of a life: the theatre maker’s fight, his unwilling body, his drug dependence, his pride, the hostility of the world, the fear for misunderstanding, the desire for higher things.

Again years of restraint in psychiatric institutes. The electroshock therapies. Again the trip to Mexico, the meeting with the Taruhumaras, an indian tribe in the inhospitable mountain massif, who find the divine in themselves during a secret ritual. The hope to find deliverance and inner peace, far away from the western civilisation, with these indians who find salvation inside themselves.

One hour, the last hour, in the mind of an exhausted man with a battle-weary body: the desperate scream of a dying spirit, his voices that never stop searching, his demons and his ultimate desire for purity.
Bart Van den Eynde

audio

http://www.blindman.be/assets/sounds/MIT_web_lex.mp3Men In Tribulation 1 / Sleichim – Fabre
http://www.blindman.be/assets/sounds/MIT_web_Altus.mp3Men In Tribulation 2 / Sleichim – Fabre

press excerpts

“Jan Fabre wrote a very powerful text to express his personal, poetic interpretation of Artaud‘s ideas. Eric Sleichim created impressive layers of sound, efficiently supporting the content of the text.”
Maarten Beirens, De Standaard

“A powerful music- and theatre experience”
Stephan Moens, De Morgen


MEN IN TRIBULATION played among others on the following locations:

2004
BRUSSEL / BRUXELLES - KunstenfestivalDesArts / Bottelarij
AMSTERDAM (NL) - Holland festival
MELBOURNE (AUS) Melbourne International arts Festival
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BL!NDMAN       contact info

Sainctelettesquare 18-19
B-1000 Brussels, Belgium
+32 2 201 59 47

contact:

general and artistic direction:
management:   M +32 485 30 98 01
technical coordination & sound engineer:   M +32 485 53 68 16
production manager:   M +32 498 54 96 81

BL!NDMAN is supported by the Arts Administration of the Ministry of the Flemish Community and the Flemish Community Commission of the Brussels-Capital Region. BL!NDMAN [sax] play Selmer Paris Saxophones. BL!NDMAN [drums] is supported by Muremo, distributor of Bergerault Percusssion Instruments.