The Dark Side of Porn

Thomas Kok

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Technology serves us well these days, but do we use it wisely? More and more we use it for instant gratification — every desire can be fulfilled, right here, right know. Research in 2o18 shows that 98% of the men aged between 18 and 35 regularly watch porn, and 73% of the women. Is everybody looking for a quick fix? But what happens if every desire is instantly met? Are we satisfied at some point or do we only crave for more?

In this show a storyteller and his fellow musicians tell the story of a young man, driven by his quest for true love, who gets entangled in the dark sides of the internet. Boy meets girl, girl is porn star, boy saves girl – but not really. We also dive into old stories, like the Persian tale of the Black Princess, and tell (very) personal anecdotes.

The musical setting consists of experimental soundscapes created by electric guitars hanging from the ceiling, catchy blue grass tunes and ear-catching harmony singing.  The words and music are inspired by the writings of Kierkegaard on love, seduction and existentialism, and the song All Along the Watchtower by Bob Dylan. All music is written specifically for this show. 

Bio:

Thomas is storyteller, historian and entrepreneur. His captivating and expressive style makes you drift off to another time and place, where warlords cross their swords, empires rise and fall and heroes claim their victories. He always connects his stories with the present, by using a personal anecdote or by connecting them to a current event. Being a songwriter and guitar & ukulele player, he often accompanies his stories with a song. He tells stories in Dutch and English, and also speaks German and a little Russian. He resides in Utrecht.

Credits:

Storyteller, main vocals and ukulele: Thomas Kok
Electric guitars, acoustic guitar and vocals: Arthur Kok
Electric guitar, acoustic guitar and vocals: Robert den Hartog  
Percussion: Elmore James
Director: Sahand Sahebdivani  

English

Price: € 12.50

Location: Mozaïek Big Theatre

Duration: 55 minutes

Sunday, November 3

Start: 14:00

End: 14:55