Audience Body, by Tuomas Laitinen, is a performance without performers, like a book misplaced into the space and time of theatre.
There is a duality inhabiting theatres across Europe: the division between the audience and the makers of art. For art to appear, the artist has to enter the stage and do something. This doing attracts attention; thus an audience body is born. But how is this body formed and conditioned?
Audience Body is a performance without performers, like a book misplaced into the space and time of theatre. There is a codex. A scroll. A love letter. Place. Time. Immersion. Destruction. Order. Mess. Practice. Theory.
The work is an examined artistic part of Tuomas Laitinen's artistic doctorate at the Performing Arts Research Center Tutke, Uniarts Helsinki's Theatre Academy. It has been developed in a long series of public experiments since 2018. The performance is available both in English and in Finnish.
Script and direction: Tuomas Laitinen
In collaboration with:
Lighting designer Nanni Vapaavuori
Graphic designer Visa Knuuttila
Sound designer Carolina Jinde
Spatial designer Alexander Furunes Eriksson
Production: Reality Research Center
Production in collaboration with: Moving in November
With the support of: Zodiak – Center for New Dance
Supported by: Jenny ja Antti Wihuri Foundation, Kone Foundation's Saari Residence, Performing Arts Research Center Tutke, TTOR – Taiteellisen tutkimuksen ohjausryhmä, Uniarts Helsinki; Arts Promotion Center Finland, Helsinki City, Brother