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JDX - a public enemy is the tale of one man standing against a (social and political) majority. A physician discovers that the water in the new thermal baths is heavily polluted. His brother, the city mayor, refuses to take steps because of the possible major financial consequences. In the end the doctor is branded a ‘public enemy’ by the people who feel threatened in their prosperity. The part played by the media and the pitfalls of democracy are exposed at length. In true agitprop style the play points the finger at the total lack of sincerity of a certain kind of democracy, the trickery, lies and intimidation, the deception of the people and their intolerance.
 
The Dutch version was revived just before the 2014 elections and to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the company.
 
 

JDX, a public enemy 2014 (NL) trailer

JDX - a public enemy —
Kathryn Osenlund, Curtain up, January 2014

JDX - a public enemy at Public Theater —
Molly Grogan, Exeunt Magazine, 8-16th January 2014

JDX - a public enemy —
Celia Ipiotis, Eye on the Arts, 10th January 2014

Under The Radar: JDX - a public enemy —
David Gordon, Theatermania, 10th January 2014

Under the Radar: JDX - a public enemy —
Sergei Burbank, NY Theater Now, 12th January 2014

text after Henrik Ibsen
by and with Jolente De Keersmaeker, Sara De Roo, Damiaan De Schrijver, Frank Vercruyssen and Natali Broods or Tine Embrechts or Annette Kouwenhoven or Stijn Van Opstal or Mieke Verdin

lighting design Thomas Walgrave
production and technique tg STAN

première of Dutch version 19 May 1993, Monty/Antwerpen 93, Antwerp
première French version 24 April 1995, Kaaitheater, Brussels