A look at two entries in the Public Theater's annual festival of experimental works.
WHAT IS IT ABOUT?
A tale of one man standing against the majority, JDX – A Public Enemy explodes from the text of Ibsen's An Enemy of the People. Through their unique focus on pure acting, the acclaimed Belgian company exposes the dark pitfalls of democracy, first depicted more than a century ago and still all too relevant today.
For tg STAN, the actor is the keystone. Founded by four graduates of the Antwerp Conservatoire in 1989, the company is as undogmatic as their name – S(top) T(thinking) A(bout) N(ames). Their work, taken from a wide range of texts invariably expressing social criticism, rejects the aesthetic and formal experiments of authoritative directors in favor of a highly personal and rigorous commitment to the character and the story he/she has to tell.
In Dutch with English supertitles