Patrick Florizoone and Willem Coppejans highlight in a new online publication James Ensor's talents as theatre-maker. The talents of James Ensor were not limited to drawings, sketches and paintings. He was also an entertainer, writer, enthusiastic speaker, musician and composer. Many of these facets come together in La Gamme d'Amour, a performance piece for which he writes the screenplay, composes the music, designs the costumes and creates the sceneries. He even organises the lobbying efforts in order to perform it, with or without a stage. In La Boutique de Grognelet, a scenery design for the first act of the ballet pantomime La Gamme d'Amour, Ensor steps outside of his comfort zone. He becomes a theatre-maker in praxis instead of a director on canvas.
(News item January 27, 2017)