A music theater installation about medically induced coma dreams
Silence, sound, light, motion photography, darkness, video animations, overwhelmingness and emptiness reconstruct the state of medically induced coma –
the dreams and feelings.
I am very lucky that I have never been in medically induced coma myself. However and unfortunately, too many people around me have been so. They have told their stories – their dreams – and these stories struck me. They struck me because they were the answer to all the questions I had when I stood in front of the hospital bed. There are no answers.
Eerie Days is a metaphorical performance that gives an impression of how medically induced coma is experienced – a state of mind. It gives an idea how a person’s perception is altered through strong drugs, and how different and difficult the perception of a daily situation can become for someone who is imprisoned in a body that cannot move or communicate but whose brain nevertheless keeps perceiving the outside world.
The audience’s experience of this performance hopefully sheds some light on the mysteries of coma – a state where any human communication becomes impossible. Because it can happen anytime.
This project is supported by the AFK (Amsterdam Fund for the Arts) and Hi-Fi Klubben Amsterdam.
More about Claudia Hansen: claudiahansen.com
About the artists
Claudia Hansenconcept, composition, text, percussion, voice, video animations, stage design