Another Sleepy Dusty Delta DayJAN FABRE / TROUBLEYN
Jan Fabre created “Another Sleepy Dusty Delta Day”, a new theatre/dance solo, inspired by some very personal experiences, one of them being the long and painful death of his mother. As he has said in one of the interviews, this experience made him think about one’s right to end one’s own life. The title of the piece is taken from the legendary 1967 hit, “Ode to Billy Joe”, by Bobby Gentry. Speculation is rife about the open storyline in this mysterious country song, even today.
“Ode to Billy Joe” tells the tale of a suicide. A teenage girl is having dinner with her family. Her mother announces that Billy Joe jumped off a bridge to his death. While the family members dish up memories of Billy Joe, discuss day-to-day worries and pass the food, the mother happens to notice that her daughter has lost her appetite. Gradually, and against this backdrop, curiosity about the untold part of the story gets the upper hand. What did the young teenage girl and Billy Joe throw off the bridge together? Were they secretly seeing one another?
The theme of forbidden love and suicide constitutes the starting point of the creation of “Another Sleepy Dusty Delta Day”. A swelteringly hot, dusty kind of day. A story about loving and letting go, about jumping into the endless unknown.
Jan Fabre opted to write “Another Sleepy Dusty Delta Day” in the form of a letter from a man to his beloved. The outcome is a truly personal text, which emphasises the right to dispose of one’s own life, specifically the end of one’s life. A text that bears witness to empathy and respect for live, love and death.