Jan Fabre's Prometheus—Landscape II at Montclair's Peak Performanceshttp://www.thirteen.org/sundayarts/blog/prometheus%E2%80%94landscape-ii-i-feel-your-pain/1050/
Like his Belgian compatriot Jan Lauwers and Needcompany, Fabre deploys all genres of performance to manifest his vision. He uses text; phrases of expressionistic dance; little skits of dressing, undressing, and exposing body parts to assorted travails; and a veritable goody basket full of tricks involving flames and putting them out. (He coyly works fire-tamping buckets of sand into the mise en scène, with sand as a dousing metaphor, notably when applied to singers who break into songs whose subject is fire.) He is undeniably, perhaps insatiably curious and eager to broach boundaries, and yet the work feels slightly distant and nostalgic, a curio cabinet of performance taboos. And yes, by the end, you feel as if you’ve undergone some sort of major feat of endurance, followed by liberation.