Thesis Performance, The Hague, 2019

Dimitri van den Wittenboer questions the dominance of the written word in our culture . Instead of

producing a regular written thesis, he decided to do his graduation thesis in the form of a two-hour

theatrical performance . It took place on 8 April 2019 in the Auditorium of the KABK in the attendance

of around 25 people. Midway between a modernist theatre play, a workshop and an art performance ,

the performance was divided into three parts, in which the theories of three avant-garde theatre

makers (Antonin Artaud, Jerzy Grotowsky and Augusto Boal) were presented , discussed and

demonstrated . Together with two hired actors, Dimitri managed to raise questions on multiple issues,

like the body of the performer, public participation and the political effectiveness of performances . All

senses were activated in a total experience, to evoke these questions - seeing, hearing, tasting,

touching, smelling. To this end, the auditorium was carefully adjusted. In line with the objective to

challenge the dominance of the written word, no audio-visual recordings were made of the

performance, nor has the script been made available in a written form. Instead, Dimitri has submitted

a list of witnesses and participants in the performance. They can be approached for further

information. Their memories document the event. As an example of this mnemonic documentation ,

Dimitri gave a lesson on 25 April 2019 to the propaedeutic students of the FA department of the

KABK, in which he staged the memorising of his performance with his thesis supervisor - the start of

an oral narrative.


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