~#metoo @Troubleyn ~
Last year twenty (former) employees and trainees wrote an open letter to testify about their experiences with Jan Fabre at Troubleyn, the theater company.
I’m not a stranger to an autocratic leadership style, I mean, I’m from a military family as well as a former communist country. We weren’t asked much of our opinions, views or thoughts. We were told what to do. Never questioning the authority.
Years later I still catch myself obediently following and agreeing to things just because I think it’s expected of me. Rarely do I naturally check with myself if I’m ok with the course I’m being suggested. Often I’m left feeling sad, angry or ashamed.
When I came across this letter of the (former) dansers of the artist , I felt my muscles tense up, I felt the distress, that all too familiar helplessness. I understood the instinctive need to resort to silence. Because of an encounter with this story, it came to me that the dancers weren’t necessarily acting this way because of the environmental circumstances in their childhood but most probably simply because of the current environment they were in.
It was an important realization for me, for my behaviour. Many personal questions got clarified and so many more questions arose.
What is the relationship between the artist and his work. If artist is accused of an inappropriate behaviour does it change how I view his work? What do I promote when I post his work? Do I post this picture? And at the same time this compassionate side of me is worried about disturbing, harmful experiences of the employees as well as possible damage by the letter Jan Fabre may experience.
Jan Fabre / detail of The Man Writing On Water / 2006
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