FRIDAY 5 NOVEMBER
Duration: 80 min
Price: € 12.50
About the show:
“’How to relate to social media? In-between Instagram and Oscar Wilde”
Inspired by the classic The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde, Bastiaan Vandendriessche loses himself in the trap of vanity and stumbles upon a sickening never-ending search in the digital profiling app Instagram. With his alter ego Dorian he tries to find his way through the colorful gra(e)y, without knowing if he will ever be able to escape his reflection in the mirror that inflicted the process from the beginning.
TRIGGER WARNING: mental health issues and suicide, like in the novel.
Bastiaan Vandendriessche studied International Political Sciences at the University of Ghent. After his master’s degree, he studied Drama at the Conservatory of Antwerp. With his controversial debut De Fuut, he won the Best International Performance Award at Amsterdam Fringe (2017). After a tour through the Netherlands, he took his play to England and Scotland, where it was well-received.
Later he created A White Man’s Burden (2018) for Theater Rotterdam, and Mono for M-museum Leuven (with Jotka Bauwens). In 2019, he performed Mockingbird (his once in a lifetime experiment in De Minard), and started his latest monologue Ode aan Buldegart in De Brakke Grond. Ode aan Buldegart has been nominated for the Toneelschrijfprijs 2020.
As an actor, he has been working with Ontroerend Goed since 2017, performing in £¥€$, Fight Night, and Every Word Was Once an Animal. In 2019 he also made a remake of WOLK (4Hoog) with Frans van der Aa and Hazel Lam. Currently he is working on a new project called Dorian where he investigates our relationship towards the use of social media, the trap of vanity and mental health.
Creation and performance: Bastiaan Vandendriessche
Coaching: Peter Seynaeve
Support: DeAuteurs, Stad Gent, Zuidpool, LAFS6, De Minard, everybody who uses social media and everybody who doesn’t use social media.
Show in English