Valentijn Dhaenens came to Vancouver BC with his touring solo show, BigMouth, a tapestry of the world's greatest speeches woven together with snippets of song. The results was riveting. I wrote a review for Plank Magazine, I have included a snippet the text below. READ THE FULL REVIEW HERE.
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BigMouth - Makes You Think
"Valentijn Dhaenens explained to the audience in the opening night talk-back of BigMouth that he wanted to provide an unfiltered experience, full and unapologetic, leaving his audience free to think what they please. I must admit, going into the performance at the York Theatre earlier that evening, I was expecting something of a dramatized lecture, speeches interspersed and contextualized by commentary. Instead, Dhaenens plunged headfirst into his material, transitioning from one oration to the next with only a live soundscape, a whiteboard projection and his chameleon physicality to keep us on track.
It was a strong choice. If presented any other way, this piece could have been dustily academic, scattered, or overly biased. Instead, the speeches came to life. They shone and burned so brightly that the darkness between them provided a startling depth of perspective..." READ THE FULL REVIEW.