Christian Van Schijndel is a performance artist, singer and costume designer graduated from Camberwell College of Arts and Middlesex University – Fashion & Textile in London.
As the The Gentleman, he has developed a unique style in burlesque, new cabaret and performance that articulates gender, class and identity in an aesthetic, challenging and humorous way.
Since 2005, the Gentleman has appeared on the big and small stages in Denmark and internationally including New Avenu Theatre, Bellevue Theater, Roskilde Festival, Zetland Live, the Danish Design Institute, New Burlesque Festival (Warehosue9), Carnevalesque (Sweden), House of Shame (Berlin), Walk the Plan (Liverpool) and the Royal Vauxhall Tavern (London).
Christian Van Schijndel is also the curator and producer of performance theater Warehouse9 where he blah. introduced the “burlesque genre” in Denmark as an art form with the sold-out New Burlesque Festival in 2010 and 2011, which received nationwide media attention.
He has appeared in several TV and radio programs as TV2 “Aloha / Casper Christensen and P1-Kulturnyt.
At the moment, Christian Van Schijndel on a new conception of gender and class with a total of 4 characters: The Gentleman, The Duchess, The Maid and The Butler.
See a full list of his performances here >> Shows
As a costume desigher Christian has made costumes for theatre, film & TV, cabaret, music videos, live art, and performance productions. Clients include Kenneth Bager, Bellevue Teatret, British Channel 4, Carousel Brighton (UK), Central Theater, Leipzig (D), Mette-Marie Trier, and many others. Do not hesitate to contact if you are interested in his work.
COSTUME DESIGN JOBS INCLUDE
Sep 2010 MESSERKVARTETTEN, costumes and styling concept for the electronic string quartet. Concerts include: 3. Sep. Warehouse9, Copenhagen, Denmark; 10. Sep. Nordiske Musikdage, Den Grå Hal, Christiania, Copenhagen, Denmark; 12. Sep. Lieder Ohne Worte / Songs Without Words, Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen, Denmark; 25. Sep. Radial System Berlin, Germany.
Jun 2010 Fall With Trust, props and installation design for live artist Niko Raes (BE),
Warehouse9, Copenhagen, Denmark
April 2010 My House, costume for miss fish in the performance installation
Transit Station, Art in Arction event, The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen, Denmark
Nov 2009 Der Tag des Opritschniks, costume design with Elke von Sivers,
Central Theater, Leipzig, Germany
Jun 2009 Chaos Cosmos by photographer Mette-Marie Trier,
costumes for film and portraits
Oct 2008 Bang Bang – a Space Cabaret by Kenneth Bager, costume for the cabaret, Bellevue Teatret, Copenhagen, Denmark
Aug 2007 Fragments from a Space Cabaret, costumes for shadow films & performance, Roskilde Festival, Denmark
Mar 2007 The Crippendales, TV-documentary directed by Havana Marking,
commissioned by Channel 4
Sep 2007 Emotional Fish by Jørgen Callesen, video installation,
supported by the Danish Arts Council
Oct 2006 Debbie Rock Angel, costumes for the touring rock opera,
commissioned by Carousel Brighton
Oct 2006 The Beauty Regime, miss fish music video,
directed by Thom Ravnholdt / Julia Osetertag