Language? No problem! DORIAN features English surtitles, so you won't miss a thing!"Wilder than Wilde". A visual spectacle of theatre and art.
This adaptation of Dorian Gray takes place in the contemporary art world, a world in which image, status and personal branding are as important, if not more important, than the art itself. Witness the promising young artist Dorian’s rise to fame and subsequent struggle to stay young, beautiful and relevant.
About 125 years after the release of Wilde’s novel The Picture of Dorian Gray, our obsession with youth and the feeling of living our lives to the fullest has only increased. But do we lose ourselves in our desire for the new, the beautiful and the special? And if we are always focused on developing ourselves, what does that mean for our relationships with others? With these questions as a starting point, Javier Barcala wrote a theatrical adaptation of Dorian Gray’s famous novel for Noord Nederlands Toneel. Barcala sets Dorian at a contemporary art market, a familiar world for guest director Christophe Coppens. Hailing from Belgium, the multitalented Coppens was trained as a dramatist but had his breakthrough as a designer and visual artist. He crafts a show full of visual spectacle that transcends the boundaries of theatre, performance, art and literature.
Dorian takes place at a contemporary art market, where Dorian Gray (Bram van der Heijden) – an ambitious, handsome student of the arts with a troubled past – becomes a protege to the once influential art collector Bambi Pelecano (Bien de Moor). She sees in Dorian’s youth and good looks a possibility to reignite her stardom.
The warm-up podcast
Are you going to see the performance Dorian? Wondering what to expect? Listen to the warm-up podcast! An introduction to our performance DORIAN for on the road! The most mobile introduction we could think of, to get you warmed up for the play while you are travelling to the theatre. Tom Wilcox interviews Oscar Wilde expert Kees de Vries on this adaptation by Christophe Coppens of the famous novel, on dandyism, camp and what the great novelist himself would think of this contemporary Dorian Gray.
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DORIAN is Language No Problem, with English surtitles in every theatre!
Director Christophe Coppens