The listening body

Impressions of a work in progress

Augmented concert

Friday May 21, 2021

I never felt that I was giving something to the audience (…) We share something that is really there, but that doesn’t come from me or from them. “

Maria Joao Pires, Les grands entretiens, France Musique.


How do we listen? And what exactly happens during a concert?

Scientific research is increasingly confirming what we already knew intuitively: we listen not only with our ears and brain but with our whole body. And it is this body that forms the tangible part of our human nature, of what connects us all, composer, performer, listener, and which we share during a concert.

Playing and listening to music are the same action. Listener and musician share the same experience and create the performance together.

The online event ‘Het luisterend lichaam’ (The listening body) wants to make this shared experience perceptible, in a poetic, playful and intuitive way.

It is conceived as a hybrid form between concert and documentary, like a snapshot taken during the process of creating a show to come.

A dancer (Mark Lorimer, iconic member of the Rosas company) and three musicians interact, mix movement and music, and in doing so intensify the focus on what really matters: listening to and experiencing the music.



Thomas Luks, concept and cello
Marieke Bouche, violin
Wendy Ruymen, viola

Mark Lorimer, dance
Damien Tresanini, stage director



Hyacinthe Jadin (1776-1800)
Franz Schubert (1797-1828)

This project is realized with the support of the Flemish Government, thanks to the Cultural Activity Grant.


With the support of Christos Doulkeridis, Mayor, Ken Ndiaye, Alderman for Culture, and the College of  Mayor and Aldermen of Ixelles.


Special thanks to Koen Uvin, Kris Verdonck – A Two Dog Company, and the team of the Petit Théâtre Mercelis.

Jens Van den Nieuwenhuysen21/05/2021 | The listening body