“Now only an expert can deal with the problem
cause half the problem is seeing the problem.”
- Laurie Anderson
In his new solo NUGGETS, Storms creates a cramped universe where one last soul stubbornly models existence further. Through crumbling construction and fatal repair, the character attempts to reach the undefined goal.
In this physical solo, Storms (de)constructs the individual holding his own in a contemporary 'we-want-more' society on speed. He does this in his (vaunted) grotesque playing style and with his (distinctive and unique) rhythmic language constructions.
In his previous solo Brother Blue, Storms designed a dodgy landscape in which the protagonist loses his tail. In NUGGETS, he goes a step further and radically remodels the main character's remnants of existence. In all his work, Storms gives voice to characters who "try or verbalise impossibility". NUGGETS will be a new stage in that quest.
ABOUT MAXIM STORMS
Maxim Storms is a visual artist who learned the métier at KASK (School of Arts Ghent) and plays and performs on different stages for different audiences.
For example, there is Ballet Dommage, with Katrien Valckenaers, which always manages to surprise with its specific set-up, language or staging. And the performance band Brik Tu-Tok, with Linde Carrijn, brings a wide arrangement of sounds to life through cassettes, household knickknacks and homemade objects.
Then there is Storms' dark and comic theater work - solo or in duo with Lobke Leirens - with its incongruous humor, mustachioed poker face, faultless sense of timing and in which the absurd prevails. Brutal chansons, jabber and date monologues, cosmic collages and sponge sculptures are never far away.
De Standaard once called him "the Charlie Chaplin of his generation" because of the slapstick that characterizes Storms' playing style. In recent years, Storms (and his co-creators) put no fewer than five selections for the TheaterFestival or Circuit X on their hats. Tribunal (BRONKS & Ballet Dommage) was featured at TheaterFestival 2021.
60 minutes (can still change)
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