Why did theater maker Romke Gabe Draaijer (33) have his coming-out so late – at the age of 27? To answer that personal question, he interviewed nearly fifty people about their coming-out and their experiences as a LGBTIQ+ person in the Netherlands. The conversations inspired him to create the visual and interdisciplinary coming-of-age fairy-tale Pinokkio lost time, with Carlo Collodi’s wooden icon as a metaphorical mascot.
From a wooden puppet he slowly and stumblingly transforms into a human being of flesh and blood. In Pinokkio lost time, a mix of dance, mime and music, Draaijer investigates how you discover your (sexual and/or gender)identity in a heteronormative world full of stereotypes and entrenched patterns.