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Without the body where would our brain be?

Since long we have been trying to find out exactly what our thoughts are, how they originate and where in our body they take place. How do they mix with our imagination and our senses and how do they relate to our bodies? These questions form the basis of this performance.

Recent research in the field of 'embodied cognition' teaches us that the thinking process does not only take place in our brain. Cognitive scientists like Golonka and Wilson believe that 'behind our thoughts lies an ecosystem-like model' ... 'where thoughts exist not just in the brain, but in a tangled communication between brain, body and environment'. *

Read my body

On the hypnotic music of Steve Reich’s Electric Guitar Phase (original: Violin Phase) with it's repetitive patters that change slightly over time, Aafke takes you on a fifteen-minute trip through the brain via the body. She imagines a world where people can understand each other better if they were able to read each others body - and through the body the mind - in a more sensitive way. Words may become superfluous.

Concept & choreography

Aafke de Jong


Steve Reich

 a solo on a square meter of clay  

pictures: Alfred Birney

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