Les Halles de Schaerbeek
— Brussels —

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20 > 22.04.23 | 50' | 18+ | Hors-les-murs

The NarcoSexuals


Dries Verhoeven


Thursday 20 April 2023 19:00
Friday 21 April 2023 19:00
Saturday 22 April 2023 19:00
Adress : Digue du Canal / Rue Dante, 1070 Anderlecht
Forbidden to people under 18
Performance in a loop, length of one loop: 50 mn.
time slots at 19:00, 19:30, 20:00, 20:30, 21:00, 21:30, 21:45, 22:15

Dive into the out-of-time space of drugs and sex combined.

Scrolling through their phones they go in search of sex, sex like they’ve never had before, sex beyond the imaginable. Horny and determined they get on their bikes, a phial of GHB or a bag of 3mmc or something in their pockets. Disobeying the request for social distancing, giving the health cult the finger, rebelling against the loneliness that is lurking all the time. They meet on a couch in a random living room somewhere in town. They snuggle up, they talk and talk, they fuck each other to kingdom come, sometimes they faint, in each other’s arms, they take care of each other. Meet: The NarcoSexuals.

In his latest work, Verhoeven investigates the ins and outs of sexual drug use, a phenomenon that is gaining popularity especially among gay men. Forty years after the start of the gay liberation, we’re entering a ‘narco-sexual revolution’, even though this current liberation is invisible to the outside world. What pushes people to even risk their own lives? How different are they allowed to be?

Adress : Digue du Canal / Rue Dante, 1070 Anderlecht (see plan)
Visitors enter the site, can walk around and decide for themselves how long they want to stay and experience the work.
Uneasy for people with a limited mobility.
Forbidden to people under 18.
Photography forbidden.

Dries Verhoeven (1976, the Netherlands) is a theatre maker and visual artist. He creates installations, performances and happenings in museums, on location and in the public spaces of cities. On the boundary between performance and installation art, he critically evaluates the relationships between the spectators, performers, everyday reality and art. The spectator is directly involved in the work or given the opportunity to steer his or her own experiences

In co-presentation with Charleroi danse, KANAL – Centre Pompidou and Les Halles de Schaerbeek. With the support of the Kingdom of the Netherlands Embassy and of the Performing Arts Fund NL.

Concept: Dries Verhoeven. Performance: Bráulio Bandeira, Matteo Bifulco, Tamar Blom, Vincent Clavaguera, Wojciech Grudziński, Estefano Romani, Barnaby Savage. UNderstudies: Mher Brutyan, Victor Mendes. Movement material developed in collaboration with the performers. Sound design: Thijs van Vuure. Dramaturgy: Hella Godee & Miguel Melgares. Assistante: Marte Boneschansker. Technique: Roel Evenhuis, Peer Thielen. Set dresser: Eveline Didderen. Production: ‘n More – Ellen van Bunnik, Lise van den Hout, Thijs de Bruijn, Jitske Weijand. A production by Studio Dries Verhoeven. Co-commissioned by SPRING Performing Arts Festival. Supported by : Fonds Podiumkunsten, Gemeente Utrecht, Fentener van Vlissingen Fonds, K.F. Hein Fonds. Images by: Willem Popelier et Alwin Poiana.