Peter Aers - 'The Pain of Others'
© Melissa Mabesoone

Peter Aers

The Pain of Others
Het TheaterFestival
Sat. 07.09.2019 - Sun. 08.09.2019
Sat 07.09.'19
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Sun 08.09.'19

How can we feel and understand the pain of others?

In the conversational piece 'The Pain of Others', theater maker and philosopher Peter Aers invites us to make room for different ways in which we could think and talk about pain. After many interviews and discussions with scientists, dancers, futurologists, psychiatrists, adults and children suffering from psychological and physical illnesses, he poses us some incisive questions. Can an individual experience as pain be shared with a larger community? Does talking about pain actually change our experience of pain? And what about the pain of the absent?

'The Pain of Others' is the fourth part of Aers’ tetralogy 'Everything Depends on How a Thing is Thought', in which the relationship between the individual and the community is explored by a unique set of conversational performances that evoke a quiet moment to stand still and reflect on the role of power, ethics and aesthetics within the dialogue. In his conversational performances, Peter creates work at the intersection of theater, participation and reflection.

#empathie

"The result is that by the end of the afternoon, the way in which we handle the pain of others has changed, evidenced by the final alignment. That is important, because there is more at stake than creating a successful performance. If twelve strangers are prepared to talk, listen, nuance and change opinion, then maybe there is still hope for the survival of that precious notion called ‘empathy."

De Morgen

Peter Aers studeerde filosofie in Gent en Genève, en theater in Brussel. Zijn artistieke praktijk bevindt zich op de grenzen van performance, participatie en reflectie. De dialoog met mensen en gemeenschappen staat daarbij centraal. Zo heeft Peter gewerkt met onder meer daklozen, terminaal zieken en gevangenen. Hij werkte langdurig voor en met de Spaanse kunstenares Dora García voor verschillende performances in onder andere de Biënnale van Venetië en de Skulptur Projekte in Münster.

In 2013 werkte hij met Tijs Ceulemans en Leentje Vandenbussche aan 'X / Een oefening in
verdwijnen', een gelaagd, procesmatig project dat de dood en het sterven behandelde door persoonlijke inbedding in palliatieve zorg en resulteerde in performances, lezingen, interviews en een boek.

Sinds 2014 onderzoekt hij door middel van gespreksperformances de relatie tussen het individu en de gemeenschap in zijn vierluik 'Everything Depends on How a Thing is Thought'. Het gesprek als kunstvorm behoort tot de kern van Peter’s artistieke proces, waarbij een niet altijd even zichtbaar web van gesprekken en wederzijdse invloeden centraal staan. Daarnaast maakt Peter deel uit van het internationale collectief Building Conversation.

Credits

Concept: Peter Aers - creation: Peter Aers, Erika Sprey, Bart Capelle, Melissa Mabesoone, Kris Van Oudenhove - production: Famke Dhont - with support of: Vooruit, KAAP, Workspacebrussels, Flemish Community Thanks to Winny Ang, Amy De Schutter, Macarius Elementary School, Eef Cornelissen, Katja Dreyer.

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