Maxime Dreesen (1996) was born with wide open eyes in Saint-Trond and grew up in Herck-la-Ville, Limburg, Belgium. In the year of 2019, he will graduate as a director at Toneelacademie Maastricht, institute of performative arts, The Netherlands. In his work, he aims for sincerity and authenticity. By creating a theatrical framework he tries to stage reality and pure honesty. The search for authenticity can lead to realism and concreteness, but also to absurdism and grotesqueness. He finds it exciting how honest the grotesque can be and how grotesque honesty can be. Spontaneity and imperfection play a very big factor in his work.
As a pierrot and rope-dancer, he happily walks the boundaries between cliché and authenticity, kitsch and sincerity. He creates, without scenography, complex lighting plan or extra musical support, a sensible theatrical tension by using concentrated and delicately dosed acting methods.
"Sometimes you need a push to feel. Sometimes it hurts so much because you try to push away feelings or box up against the shame that grows around it like a layer of thorn. '
In the year of 2018-2019 he will be working on three productions; Hm? collaboration with Sonja van Ojen, The Failure of Sex together with Adrien De Biasi and his last graduation play: (I Want To) Break Free with Bjorn Floreal. Break Free is the last part of Maxime’s graduation trilogy A Journey (XL): Hartstuk (Tim), The Failure of Sex (Adrien), Break Free (Bjorn).
Break Free will premiere at CAMPO, Ghent.
A Journey (XL) will premiere at ITS Festival, Amsterdam.
© Maxime Dreesen 2019