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The Non-Present Performer

Karel van Laere

The Non-Present Performer

The Non-Present Performer contemplates on the following question: What would it be like if, just like a computer, you could switch off your body every now and then? No thoughts, no stimulants, no movement or feeling, what would this state result in?
The closest to what I was looking for seemed to be anaesthesia or an epidural. So I approached an anaesthesist. My idea to do a live performance under anaesthesia proved to be impossible. However, the anaesthesist did convince me of the power of hypnosis in this context.
The result of all this became a performance in which I, hypnotized, handed over my body to a choreographer and three dancers surrounded by a live audience. I asked the dancers to look for physical borders, to experiment, and to make me the subject of their research as the “Non-Present Performer”. Afterwards, there was a post-show discussion with hypnotist Joris Waayer, anaesthetist Rutger van Leersum, the dancers and the audience.

The Non-Present Performer
The Non-Present Performer
The Non-Present Performer
The Non-Present Performer
The Non-Present Performer
The Non-Present Performer
The Non-Present Performer
The Non-Present Performer
The Non-Present Performer
Concept Karel van Laere
Dancers Amos Ben Tal, Milena Twiehaus, Yvan Dubreuil, Francesco Barba
Medical advice Rutger van Leersum
Hyponotist Joris Waayer
Dramaturgy Chaja Hertog & Nir Nadler
Textual advice & coaching Marcel Roijaards
Cinematography & montage Mink Pinster
Second camera Jasper Masthoff
Sound recording & soundmix Michiel de Boer
Special thanks to John de Weerd, Marten de Groot, Michelle de Vries, Renée van der Ven & Peter van Til
Made possible by Fonds Podiumkunsten
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