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The Non-Present Performer

The Non-Present Performer

2017, The Netherlands

With The Non-Present Performer I asked myself the 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 or feeling, what would this produce? Anaesthesia or an epidural was the closest to what I was looking for, so I contacted an anaesthetist.

My request to do a live performance under anaesthesia proved impossible. However, the anaesthetist did convince me of the power of hypnosis.
The result was a performance in which, under hypnosis, I handed over my body to a choreographer and four dancers in the midst of a live audience. I told them to look for physical borders, to experiment and research with me 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 is made possible by ‘Het Fonds Podium Kunsten en Zaal 3’.