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The NarcoSexuals

Dries Verhoeven
Thu 22 Sep ’22 - Sat 1 Oct ’22
A look inside the bittersweet world of sexual drug use
€ 12,00 – € 17,00
Thu 22 Sep ’22
Sat 1 Oct ’22

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, Dries 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?

  • Age: 16+
  • Location: Het Stenen hoofd 
    5 min. by bike from Amsterdam Centraal
  • Running time: continuous, ± 50 min

In de pers

"Dries Verhoeven brengt in zijn performance The NarcoSexuals een knappe ambivalentie aan. Voortdurend confronteert de installatie je vernuftig met je eigen vooroordelen […] Momenten van schoonheid en droefheid wisselen elkaar naadloos af." ★★★★ de Volkskrant

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 de performers sound design Thijs van Vuure dramaturgy Hella Godee & Miguel Melgares assistence Marte Boneschansker Internship text/direction Hendrik de Pecker technique Roel Evenhuis, Peer Thielen set design Eveline Didderen production ‘n More - Ellen van Bunnik, Jitske Weijand, Thijs de Bruijn, Hendrik de Pecker, Zita de Vos 

A production by Studio Dries Verhoeven coproduction SPRING Performing Arts Festival with thanks to Fonds Podiumkunsten, Gemeente Utrecht, Fentener van Vlissingen Fonds, K.F. Hein Fonds