You use a glass mirror to see your face; you use works of art to see your soul.

George Bernard Shaw

Ulrike Quade Company and Silbersee

Human beings of the future, freed from being human.

Imagine that we can stop feeling pain through the latest technology, that it makes us stop getting old and ugly and we no longer die. In a fascinating fairytale, Silbersee and Ulrike Quade Company toy with the makeability of humans. Inspired by Oscar Wilde’s novel ‘The Picture of Dorian Gray’, published in 1890. 

In this new fairytale opera, Dorian Gray is not a nineteenth-century dandy, but a metro-man in the digital age. With the aid of a technological experiment he achieves immortality and enters an artificial world in which old age and decay no longer exist. Dorian Gray grows out to be the perfect human: young, perfect and eternally invulnerable. With this final step in evolution, the question remains: what’s the value of life without death and decay? 

'Dorian Gray' is a sciencefiction story from the near future on the verge of opera, visual theatre and technology. An up-to-date variation on memento mori, memento vivere: remember you will die, and don’t forget to live. 

Credits
Concept: Ulrike Quade and Romain Bischoff
Director: Ulrike Quade
Musical dramaturgy: Romain Bischoff
Libretto: Marcel Roijaards
Composition: Leonard Evers en Akim Moiseenkov
Creative coding: Robert Liebner
Costume Design: Marlou Breuls
Light design: Floriaan Ganzevoort
Dramaturgy: Thomas Lamers
Performers (acting, music, movement): Maarten Vinkenoog, André Lourenço, Kadri Tegelmann a.o. ’Dorian Gray' is a production by Ulrike Quade Company and Silbersee