The Pain of Others is a conversation performance in which thinking and speaking about pain is given a central place.
Theatre maker Peter Aers spoke with scientists, psychiatrists, futurologists, children and adults who suffer physically or psychologically, and artists who focus on pain in their work. Based on this experience, in The Pain of Others, he asks philosophical questions such as: can you share individual pain with a community? Does the way you talk about pain change the way you experience pain?
With his conversational performances Peter Aers creates idiosyncratic work on the border between theatre, participation and reflection. With an open and curious gaze he organizes exercises in speaking, in which the dialogue with the audience is central. The Pain of Others is the fourth part in the series Everything Depends on How a Thing is Thought, in which Peter Aers investigates how we can speak in a community and what role power, ethics and aesthetics play in this process.
Concept: Peter Aers — Creation: Peter Aers, Bart Capelle, Melissa Mabesoone, Erika Sprey, Kris Van Oudenhove — Supported by: Vooruit, KAAP, workspacebrussels, the Flemish Community — Thanks to: Winny Ang, Amy De Schutter, Macarius Basisschool, KASK and Heike Langsdorf, Eef Cornelissen