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Shifting Identities - The Musician as Theatrical Performer

The focus of the research lies in the approach of reducing, denying, or taking away essential elements of music making in order to let the musician become theatrical.

Falk Hübner
13 November 2013
Full text available in Leiden Repository

By systematically leaving out certain specific musical abilities and performative actions of the professional musician on the one hand, and on the other hand using these abilities - as for example the ability to execute and remember complex rhythms, or using originally "musical" movements such as finger articulations playing an instrument as choreographic material - music-theatrical works have been created as artistic outcomes of the research.

Four of these works have been combined into a series of performances and installations, "Sounds of Absence", performed on November 8 2013 in the November Music Festival in Den Bosch, Theater Artemis, Predikheerenpoort 50. In this series, the audience is guided through the building. Each work populates a different space and seeks to make "something else" visible, it develops and demonstrates new types of task performance in order to let the musician become theatrical.

Supervising team

  • prof. Frans de Ruiter: 1e promotor
  • prof. dr. Yvonne Spielmann: 2e promotor (Lasalle College of the Arts, Singapore)
  • dr. Marcel Cobussen: co-promotor
  • Paul Koek: co-promotor (Hogeschool der Kunsten Den Haag / Universiteit Leiden / directeur De Veenfabriek / Scheltema, Leiden)
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