Loneliness

LONELINESS (2015) comprises an audio installation followed by four acts and a finale. Each act shows the interaction between a single actress and a musical instrument: a bass guitar, an electric guitar, a piano and a bass drum. Altogether, the four acts are designed to fit into each other as the pieces of a puzzle. After their separate display, they come together in the end as the performance for four actresses and a musical ensemble.

The show deals with the feeling of loneliness among global citizens today. Four aspects of it were identified in a focus group session conducted with expats in The Netherlands: isolation, nostalgia, separation and change. This was the prime material for the production of the artwork. After its premiere at Webster University Leiden Campus (2015), this piece was shown at the Leiden International Short Film Experience (LISFE) and the Online Performance Art Festival (2016).

This performance was developed as part of the Involved Stage project within the framework of the course “Art and Social Engagement” at Webster University, with the aid of professional advisors Hans Baaijens, Lot Vegter, and Kim Potter, as well as the participation of the Music Club of the International Student Network (ISN) Leiden.