an art installation with film

Conceived, written and directed by Jan Fabre.
Performed by Mikhail Baryshnikov
Film by Jan Fabre and Phil Griffin

For the past four years, iconic Belgian artist Jan Fabre and legendary performer Mikhail Baryshnikov have worked together on their first collaboration.   

Of Mr. Baryshnikov, Jan Fabre says: “I first met  him in 2009. I was struck by his incredible hypnotic blue eyes and his gentle personality. Before we met, I  had seen Mr. Baryshnikov  dance in many documentaries, and I saw a dancer who is more than just a dancer. I saw a contemporary performer who gave spiritual weight and meaning to movement, and by that reason content. Years went by, and I was lucky to see Mr. Baryshnikov perform live in Manchester. I thought immediately that my theatre text NOT ONCE. would be something for him because I saw a performer in action that embodies the ancient idea of metamorphosing and transforming into something else.  We had great days working together in Antwerp.  Mr. Baryshnikov is a stubborn and very detailed artist. Exactly what I like”. 

Based on a monologue written by Jan Fabre, NOT ONCE. unveils - through 11 imaginary rooms of a photographic exhibition - the platonic relationship between the subject and a female photographer who, for years, has manipulated his body and reworked it into different entities. The multimedia work is conceived for film video and performance and explores the relation between an artist, his work and life, his public, and ultimately, the balance between giving and taking - between dependency and independency. 

Mr. Baryshnikov says of the collaboration:  "I've lived a long life, but never thought that one day I would be part of a museum installation. It's a first for me. I've known Jan Fabre as a visual artist for many years, and have been acquainted with his work. When I visited Troubleyn Laboratorium in Antwerp I was surprised and flattered when Jan proposed this project. He told me he had a challenging text in mind, which intrigued me - why this text, and why me? I now think he can answer that question better than I can, but working with him has been an intense and fascinating experience. He works like a painter, throwing ideas in, trying things, fearless experimentation. I've never worked like that before.  I hope that Jan got the canvas he wanted." 

Conceived and designed as an art installation with film, this new creation will be presented to museum and theatre audiences worldwide in 2019.


Conceived, Written and directed by Jan Fabre
Performed by Mikhail Baryshnikov
Film by Jan Fabre & Phil Griffin
Music and Sound Design by
Stef Kamil Carlens                        
 Miet Martens
2nd Unit Director & Editor  
Giulio Boato
Post Production & Grading 
Tom Aston
Voice recordings 
Lorenzo Danesin
Stef Kamil Carlens & Lorenzo Danesin
Mastering voice and music
Gilles Martin

A project by Angelos (Antwerp,BE), Troubleyn/Jan Fabre (Antwerp, BE), Baryshnikov Productions (New York, US)
Executive Producer EdM Productions

Mikhail Baryshnikov and Jan Fabre

Mikhail Baryshnikov and Jan Fabre

Artists Biographies

 Jan Fabre (Antwerp, 1958) is considered one of the most innovative and versatile artists of his days. Over the past 30 years, he has produced works as a visual artist, theatre maker and author. In the late 1970s, the young Jan Fabre caused a sensation as a performance artist. In 1982, the work This is theatre like it was to be expected and foreseen and two years later The power of theatrical madness challenged the foundations of the European theatre establishment. Chaos and discipline, repetition and madness, metamorphosis and the anonymous are indispensable ingredients in Fabre’s theatre. The body in all its forms has always been a central object of his research.Productions such as Je suis sang, Angel of Death, Quando l’uomo principale è una donna, Orgy of Tolerance, Preparatio Mortis and Prometheus-Landscape II have earned Fabre international acclaim. In 2005, Jan Fabre was artiste associé of the Festival d’Avignon. He then created Histoire des Larmes for the cour d’honneur, where he had already performed Je suis sang in 2001 and a retake of Je suis sang in 2005. In 2007, Jan Fabre created Requiem für eine Metamorphose for the Felsenreitschule of Salzburg. His latest performances, the impressive Mount Olympus. To Glorify the Cult of Tragedy. A 24-hour performance and Belgian Rules/Belgium Rules are still touring internationally. As an author, he has written several theatre texts that were translated worldwide, including We need heroes now, Another sleepy dusty delta day, I am a mistake, A tribe that's me, the King of Plagiarism, Etant donnés... For Mount Olympus he wrote several texts about sleep and dreams: Remnants.

Over the years, Jan Fabre has also built up an exceptional oeuvre as a visual artist. He has become well known to a wide audience with the Tivoli castle (1990), Heaven of Delight (2002), in which the ceiling of the Mirror Room at the Royal Palace in Brussels is drawn with jewel beetle wing-shields, his open-air sculptures, including The man who measures the clouds (1998), Searching for Utopia (2003) and Totem (2000-2004). Among recent much-discussed exhibitions we can mention: L’ange de la métamorphose (Louvre, Paris 2008), From the Cellar to the Attic - From the Feet to the Brain (Kunsthaus Bregenz, 2008; Venice Biennale, 2009), The Hour Blue (Kunsthistorische Museum Vienna, 2011), Hortus/Corpus (Kröller-Müller Museum Otterlo, 2011), Pietas (Venice Biennale, 2011) and Stigmata. Actions and Performances 1976 – 2013 (MAXXI, Rome, 2013 and M HKA, Antwerp, 2015). Jan Fabre was the first living artist to present his work at the Louvre, Paris (L’Ange de la metamorphose, 2008). He was invited by the State Hermitage Museum in St-Petersburg to create a large-scale exhibition in 2016.

Born 1948 in Riga, Latvia, Mikhail Baryshnikov is considered one of the greatest dancers of our time. After commencing a spectacular career with the Kirov Ballet in Leningrad, he came to the West in 1974, settling in New York City as principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre (ABT). In 1978 he joined New York City Ballet, where he worked with George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins. A year later he was appointed artistic director of ABT where, for the next decade, he introduced a new generation of dancers and choreographers. From 1990-2002, Mr. Baryshnikov was director and dancer of the White Oak Dance Project, which he and choreographer Mark Morris co-founded to expand the repertoire and visibility of American modern dance. As an actor he has performed widely on- and off-Broadway, as well as in television and film, receiving a Tony Award nomination and a Drama Desk Award for Metamorphosis, and an Academy Award nomination for The Turning Point. Other theatrical productions include Forbidden Christmas or The Doctor and the Patient, Beckett ShortsIn ParisMan in a CaseThe Old Woman and Letter to a Man. He is currently touring Brodsky/Baryshnikov, directed by Alvis Hermanis. In 2005, he launched Baryshnikov Arts Center (BAC) in New York City, a creative space designed to support multidisciplinary artists from around the globe. Among Mr. Baryshnikov’s many awards are the Kennedy Center Honors, the National Medal of Arts, the Commonwealth Award, the Chubb Fellowship, the Jerome Robbins Award, and the Vilcek Award. In 2010, he was given the rank of Officer of the French Legion of Honor, and in 2017 he received Japan’s prestigious Praemium Imperiale International Arts Award in Theatre/Film.


Photographer: Ramón Eguiguren

Framing Time is a new music/dance work commissioned and produced by Baryshnikov Productions.

The evening-length piece is approximately 60 minutes and feature Cesç Gelabert with Pedja Muzijevic on piano.  An immersive work to Morton Feldman’s solo piano score, Triadic Memories. This sparse, mystical music merges with an intricate color and light interplay, and acute poetic gestures, is a meditation on music, light, and movement. Set and lighting design by Burke Brown.

Music:  Morton Feldman
Choreography:  Cesç Gelabert
Set and Lighting Design: Burke Brown
Costume Design: Lydia Azzopardi

Pedja Muzijevic, piano
Cesç Gelabert, performer



Co-presented by Baryshnikov Arts Center + Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival

November 1 and 2, 8PM
Baryshnikov Arts Center
Jerome Robbins Theater
450 W 37th Street, New York NY 10018

Tickets on sale now here


For additional information or touring inquiries, please contact:
Huong Hoang
Baryshnikov Productions
450 West 37th Street, 5th floor NY NY 10018
Mobile: (917)-518-0874
Email: huong@baryshnikovproductions.com


Photographer: Janis Deinats

Brodsky/Baryshnikov is a theatrical work based on the poems of Nobel laureate Joseph Brodsky.

Performed by Mikhail Baryshnikov and conceived and directed by noted Latvian theater director, Alvis Hermanis of The New Riga Theatre, Brodsky/Baryshnikov is an emotional journey deep into the the poet’s visceral and complex compositions.  Performed in Russian, Brodsky’s mother tongue, Baryshnikov recites a selection of his long-time friend’s poignant and eloquent works.  His subtle physicality transports the audience into Hermanis’ reverent imagining of Brodsky’s interior world. 

Director: Alvis Hermanis
Actor: Mikhail Baryshnikov
Scenographer: Kristīne Jurjāne
Light designer: Gleb Filshtinsky
Sound: Oļegs Novikovs, Gatis Builis

Running Time: 90 minutes (no intermission)
Russian with (local language) surtitles

The staging of BRODSKY/BARYSHNIKOV has been included in Boris and Ināra Teterev’s arts programme TÊTE-À-TÊTE 2015. For more information about the programme, please visit: www.TaT.lv

Based on the poems of Joseph Brodsky
Copyright © 2015, The Estate of Joseph Brodsky
All rights reserved

For additional information, please contact:
Huong Hoang
Baryshnikov Productions
450 West 37th Street, 5th floor NY NY 10018
Mobile: (917)-518-0874
Email: huong@baryshnikovproductions.com