LOD / Lies Pauwels & Frederik Neyrinck

'Love Doll playing with the big boys in a different kind of space'

The body as a metaphor of a changing world

In 'Love Doll', director Lies Pauwels explores the utopia of connection in a splintered world. How paradoxical is the gulf between man and woman, human and animal, nature and technology, body and mind, individual and collective? Can we hope for balance in a sea of contradictions? Can we find each other in the search, in the beauty of the inadequate? 

Pauwels examines these and other questions in the company of dancer Nicolas Vladyslav, drag artist Sam De Mol alias Veronika Deneuve, two young singers, four musicians from B’Rock Orchestra and saxophone player Bertel Schollaert. Together, the performers get lost in a visual wonderland designed by Johanna Trudzinski. Composer Frederik Neyrinck creates a hybrid score in which the historical and the contemporary coalesce. 

"Bloedmooie monologen van een pop over ons mens-zijn"

Charlotte De Somviele in De Standaard

‘Between you and me: if emotional experiences are a human problem, I would love to keep that problem, actually.’ A dusty doll fumbles her way to words. Two boys’ voices break. Man molts into mermaid, human becomes machine. Welcome aboard the wobbly ark of desire. Destination: horizon. The captain calls for calm, then sheds her uniform. Amidst the tempest, the orchestra plays on – old sounds from a distant future. 


"In de associatieve en vaak cryptische beeldenstroom zijn het vooral Pauwels’ bloedmooie monologen die de zaal stil krijgen. In haar ontwapenende Gentse dialect kijkt ze vanuit haar pop-zijn naar ons mens-zijn. Waarom vragen vrouwelijke voorwerpen zich altijd meer af wat ze voorstellen dan mannelijke? En hoe kun je dat als soort leren, uitsterven?"

Charlotte De Somviele in De Standaard

Concept, Text & Performance: Lies Pauwels - Composition: Frederik Neyrinck - Musical Performance: Bertel Schollaert & B'ROCK Orchestra: Violin: Rebecca Gormezano/Rebecca Huber - Double Bass: Tom Devaere/Isaline Leloup - Traverso & Flute: Tami Krausz/Sarah Van Cornewal - Harpsichord & Piano: Dimos De Beun/Pieter-Jan Verhoyen - Dance: Nicolas Vladyslav - Drag Performance Artist: Sam De Mol as Veronika Deneuve - Vocals & Performance: Indi De Mol, Maxim De Cang, Remus Gesquire, Vladimir Verbeeck - Musical Dramaturgy: Katherina Lindekens - Scenography & Costumes: Johanna Trudzinski - Intern Directorial Assistance & Dramaturgy: Lore Meesters - Lighting Design: Wolfgang Macher - Sound: Pierre-Olivier Boulant - Set, Video & Stage Management: Wim Piqueur - Outside Eye: Nona Demey Gallagher - Technical Support: Pino Etz - Production Management: Eva De Wolf - Production: LOD Music Theatre - Co-production: DESINGEL, B'ROCK Orchestra, Apollo-Theater Siegen & VIERNULVIER - Special thanks to Fred Debrock, Jan Debel, Koen Tachelet & Ana Maria da Silva Pitarma - With the support of the Tax Shelter measure of the Belgian federal government, Tax Shelter Partner Flanders Tax Shelter