Can you imagine what it would be like to be another version of yourself? If you were to invite yourself to be someone new for a day, what would you be? How would you like to see, taste, touch, talk, interact? If you could leave some part of yourself behind during that day, what would that be? What would allow you to be free to explore new ways of experiencing, thinking and interacting?
The Other Life Project is an ongoing art project using performance as a tool for exploration, discovery and transformation of self. As artists we want to immerse ourselves and others in personal experiments with how we experience and perform realities.
In september 2017, 15 performers and artists from Northern Europe will live in the Dome of Visions in Aarhus for 5 days. Before entering the Dome, they will leave their names behind to create a break from identity and from there start exploring what it can be like to be themselves, without the limitations they usually impose on themselves.
Principles of the performance:
– Everything is public. Allow your process to be witnessed.
– Be honest. Not least to yourself. Ask what you want of people, but accept that the answer might be a no.
– Allow things to be important and significant. Be they physical objects, other people or situations.
As audience, you are invited to engage with The Other Life Project at the level you feel comfortable with.
Read, hear and see the processes of the performers as you pass through the performance. You will be able to find fragments of struggles, developments, thoughs and dreams everywhere in the form of letters, audio recordings or video diaries in addition to the hear-and-now processes going on.
Three times a day, you are invited to participate in workshops with the performers. These are unscripted and often improvised, based on the desire to explore new aspects of being.
If you want to engage more with the performers, we invite you to bring a gift – something that can be shared with one or more of the performers as you sit down and seek deeper connection.
The Other Life is an opportunity to experience the world around you and relate to other people unbiased by what you consider to be true, real or important. The Other Life allows you to explore yourself, your perceptions of the world and the ways you interact with others in a space with strangers, that are searching, exploring and challenging themselves just the way you are. You don’t have to be yourself and neither does anybody else. We invite you to leave your prejudices behind and enter the project with an open mind and with faith in the people around you.Read More →
The Other Life Project is based on the premise that identities as well as the so called “reality” around us are changeable. Our claim is that we through exploration and play can provide the participants with an extraordinary opportunity to play with and enact new realites.
Why do we sacrifice so much energy to our art? Not in order to teach others but to learn with them what our existence, our organism, our personal and unrepeatable experience have to give us; to learn to break down the barriers which surround us and to free ourselves from the breaks which hold us back, from the lies about ourselves which we manufacture daily for ourselves and for others; to destroy the limitations caused by our ignorance and lack of courage; in short, to fill the emptiness in us: to fulfill ourselves. (Grotowski 1965)
The Other Life is a a space where the participants can reflect upon and experiment with identities, interaction and being. They can take control over or loose themselves in attempts to develop new understandings of what it is possible to be and do, individually or together with others.
The Other Life has evolved through a series of transformational performance events in which we want the participants go through processes of growth, transformation and rebirth so that they in turn can precipitate a similar development in the audience. It is meant as an opportunity to explore yourself and your relationship to the world in depth through a variety of approaches and with the support of the ensemble. The social conventions are simple, with focus on fundamental, immediate and intuitive aspects of life. A space and time to sense, experience and play within a safe framework.
We find inspiration for these explorations in a multitude of practices such as psycho-drama, syntheism, circling, shamanism, performance-design, larp, zen, embodied cognition theory, physical theatre and movement theraphy. From these we will import, test and develop practices for the Other Life.Read More →
September 4-8, 2017: Dome of Visions (DK)
15 participants + interactive audience / 120 hours
August 12-13, 2017: The Lighthouse (DK)
8 participants + interactive audience / 48 hours
The development of The Other Life Project has been through several iterations, where we have explored the Other Life in different settings and with different groups. Recently the project has moved from a strong focus on the experience of the participants to the experience of the audience.
May 5-7, 2017: The Lighthouse (DK)
9 participants + interactive audience / 48 hours
February 24, 2017: Knutepunkt festival (NO)
30 participants / 4 hours
October 22, 2016: Göteborg (SE)
9 participants / 5 hours
May 28, 2016:Authentic Relating Festival 2016 (DK)
30 participants / 4 hours
April 9, 2016: Berlin (DE)
8 participants / 5 hours
March 5, 2016: Prolog festival (SE)
14 participants /3 hours
December 5, 2015: Stockholm (SE)
8 participants / 5 hours
November 27, 2015: Blackbox CPH festival (DK)
25 participants /4 hours
October 30, 2015: Grenselandet festival (NO)
15 participants /4 hours
October 17, 2015: Maredalen (NO)
5 participants /48 hours
October 3, 2015: Copenhagen (DK)
5 participants /4 hours
July 20-26, 2015: The Borderland (DK)
4 participants /168 hours
At the Other Life events, the performers are asked to write letters for themselves before entering the Other Life. They are asked to leave something behind, that they don’t want or need in the Other Life and to write invitations for themselves in their Other Life. On this page you can find a selection of what people have written to themselves. For more letters see this gallery.
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The Other Life project is being developed by an international group of artists, larpers, performers and dreamers. The project is coordinated by the danish designers Nina Runa Essendrop and Peter Munthe-Kaas. The project can also be found on Facebook.
The project has recieved support from Nordisk Kulturfond and Initiativpuljen Aarhus.Read More →