The human of the future will be freed from humanity.
co-production with Ulrike Quade Company
Imagine that through modern technology we no longer feel pain, we no longer grow old and ugly and we no longer die. Will machines then have defeated humans? In a macaber fairytale, Ulrike Quade and Romain Bischoff take a close look at the engineered human. Their inspiration is Oscar Wilde’s novel: ‘The Picture of Dorian Gray’.
After a diabolical experiment, Dorian Gray becomes immortal by changing place with his portrait. As the years go by he remains a perfect, young god, while his image on the painting deteriorates. What initially appears to be a hedonistic celebration, ends up a nightmare.
In this performance on the borders between opera, visual theatre and technology, Dorian Gray is no nineteenth-century dandy. Together with librettist Marcel Roijaards and composter Leonard Evers, Quade and Bischoff recreate him as a contemporary perfectionist: immaculate and immortal thanks to modern technology. After this new evolutionary step, the question we’re left with is this: What humanity remains after we are freed from decay and death is no longer inevitable?
You use a glass mirror to see your face; you use works of art to see your soul. — George Bernard Shaw
Dorian Gray premieres in October 2018 in Theater Bellevue, Amsterdam.
concept Ulrike Quade en Romain Bischoff | regie Ulrike Quade | muzikale dramaturgie Romain Bischoff | libretto Marcel Roijaards | compositie Leonard Evers en Akim Moiseenkov | muziek, zang en spel Job Hubatka, Maarten Vinkenoog, André Lourenço en Kadri Tegelmann | dramaturgie Thomas Lamers | kostuums Marlou Breuls | licht- & decorontwerp Floriaan Ganzevoort | creative coding Robert Liebner | poppenbouw Matt Jackson | assistent poppenbouw Pluck Venema | dramaturgie Thomas Lamers | regie-assistentie Zarah Bracht | Poppencoaching Suze van Miltenburg
photography Anouk van Kalmthout