LOVE SONNETS

2023

performance

Love Sonnets will be a performance duet where Pieter explores his own queerness, telling the story of a romantic and sexual relationship.

Love Sonnets is part of the overarching research: the universality of love.

 

Four different performers, with differing gender and sexual identities will rehearse the duet and rotate the performance. In this way Pieter wants to showcase the different ways a relationship can look like, but also point out that every relationship shares the same essence: people in love with one anotherThe duet becomes an ode to Pieter's own sexuality.

The viewer can see this duet four times in different constellations, but still see the same work. How does the viewer react when there is a man and woman on stage, and how does that reaction change when the duet is performed by people with the different gender identities?

Pieter got inspired after reading Andre Aciman's Call Me By Your Name

"There is a law somewhere that says that when one person is thoroughly smitten with the other, the other must unavoidably be smitten as well. Amor ch’a null’amato amar perdona. Love, which exempts no one who’s loved from loving, Francesca’s words in the Inferno. Just wait and be hopeful, I was hopeful, though perhaps this was what I had wanted all along. To wait forever."

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"… it would finally dawn on us both that he was more me than I had ever been myself, because when he became me and I became him in bed so many years ago, he was and would forever remain, long after every forked road in life had done its work, my brother, my friend, my father, my son, my husband, my lover, myself."

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THE UNIVERSALITY OF LOVE