Throughout his career, Jan Fabre has compiled a set of ‘exercises’ in the vein of Stanislavski, Meyerhold and Grotowski among others, designed to prepare his performers for their work on stage. These ‘guidelines for the twenty-first century performer’ have become the cornerstone of his method and are reflected in his work.
The series of exercises focuses on structurally honing and optimising the performers’ quest for the potential of corporeal acting (also called ‘biological’ or ‘physiological’ acting). The emphasis is on exploring the evocative imagination of ‘the body as a whole’.
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 that 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. Recently, she was part of Jan Fabre’s 24-hour project Mount Olympus (2015), as well as continuing to work on other projects.
As an actress, Ivana Jozic appeared in Chantal Akerman’s movie-installation Women from Antwerp in November (2007) and in Pierre Coulibeuf’s Doctor Fabre will cure you (2013).
Kasper Vandenberghe was born in Veurne (Belgium) in 1983. After one year of studying at the Herman Teirlinck Instituut, he stopped studies to start working as an actor in Antwerp. From 2007 onward he was working for ‘Zuidelijk Toneel’ in Eindhoven (Holland) and ‘Ontroerend Goed’ in Gent (Belgium).
In 2009 he started working with Jan Fabre with the performance Orgy of Tolerance. In 2010-2011 he performed in Prometheus Landscape II and in 2012 in the two re-enactments, “The power of theatrical madness” and “This is theatre like it was to be expected and foreseen”. Kapser Vandenberghe was part of Jan Fabre’s 24-hour project Mount Olympus in 2015.
In between his work with Fabre, Kasper Vandenberghe worked for director such as Miet Warlop (Belgium) and Coraline Maison (France). In 2012 he created with Kurt Vandendriessche Bringing home the bacon and he is still performing with the musical/spoken words show Dobberman (2012).
Yat Po Singers is Hong Kong’s first professional a cappella choral theatre company focusing on developing original theatrical works that demonstrates the innovative interaction of music and theatre. Rock Hard, the first original piece created in 2008, received the Golden Sail Music Award for the Best Serious Music Composition from CASH (Composers and Authors Society of Hong Kong). It was re-staged in 2010 and 2012 in Hong Kong and at Shanghai in 2010.
In 2012, the Company was awarded Springboard Grant under HKSAR government’s Arts Capacity Development Funding Scheme. New stage-works continued, including Sing Sang Sung in 2013 and Our Immortal Cantata in 2014. Aim to explore new possibilities in creativity and performance, the Company collaborates with artists from different disciplines, including Unlock Dancing Plaza and Architanz/Japan (dance), Chinese Artists Association of Hong Kong (Cantonese opera), Edward Lam Dance Theatre (theatre), Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra, and Hong Kong Dance Company. To encourage creative A Cappella theatre composition, the Company also organised local composition workshops and International A Cappella Composition Festival.
Under guidance from the three Co-artistic Directors: composer Ng Cheuk-yin, choral director Patrick Chiu, stage director/choreographer/designer Yuri Ng, the four full-time talented resident artists, Raoul Chan, Sam Lau, Ronald Tsang and Keith Wong, not only perform but compose and arrange music, create new dimensions at their theatrical performance.
Dick Wong is a graduate of Journalism; he left the publishing industry in the mid 90s to pursue a career in contemporary dance and theatre. In 2004, he was commissioned by the Hong Kong Arts Festival to create B.O.B.* which was later developed into two versions and performed in Paris, London, Berlin, Leuven, Warsaw, Fribourg and Singapore. In 2010, he was chosen as a laureate of the French International Residence Programme at Recollets and he presented 1+ 1 in Cartier Fondation during his stay in Paris. Commissioned by the In Transit Festival, he premiered Be Me in Berlin’s Haus der Kulturen der Welt in 2011. In 2014, commissioned by Zuni Icosahedron, he collaborated with Xing Liang to present 0 | 2 in the New Vision Arts Festival.