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  • Performance-installation
  • SPRING coproduction
  • NL premiere

Hands Made

Fri May 24 - Sun May 26
Het Huis Utrecht Theaterzaal
40-50 min
choiche between English and Dutch
€18,- / €15,-
Performing speculations, Crossing the 4th wall

An exciting performative installation that reduces the spectrum of ways we interact with the world to just the touch of our fingertips. What do hands mean to us, and what can we communicate through our hands? About how our manual interface has changed and how it will change in the future.

We touch the world, and by touching, we distance ourselves from our surroundings, or create relationships of proximity and intimacy. Increasingly, however, our touch is mediated by technologies that change the way we experience ourselves and others. Begüm Erciyas explores the faculty of touch by focusing on the hands.

In Hands Made, the visitors’ own hands take center stage. Separated from the rest of the body, yet in intimate proximity to each other, they will be the focal point of a speculation on the past and future of hands, of handiwork, and the sense of touch. What have these hands been busy with and what will they do in the future? Who or what will they touch?

Hands Made invites us to rethink our relation to our hands; to imagine their transformation throughout history and their role in a society to come.

“There is something ambiguous about the body. It is what we see of ourselves. What we feel is constantly attached to us. But it is also what we do not see and will never see”

Paul Valéry

This performance is made possible by:



Begüm Erciyas


Concept and direction: Begüm Erciyas 

Sound design: Lieven Dousselaere, Matthias Meppelink

Scenography: Élodie Dauguet

Artistic collaboration: Jean-Baptiste Veyret-Logerias, Matthias Meppelink

Dramaturgy: Jonas Rutgeerts

Production management: Maru Mushtrieva

Set construction: Studio Zuidervaart 

Special thanks to: Gaëtan Bulourde, Robert Ochshorn

Production: Outline,

Distribution: Something Great,


Co-production: DeSingel (Antwerp), Tangente St.Pölten Festival für Gegenwartskunst (St.Pölten), PACT Zollverein (Essen), Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Brussels), SPRING Performing Arts Festival (Utrecht)


Residencies: Kunstenwerkplaats KWP (Brussels), Tokyo Arts and Space (Tokyo), La Ménagerie de Verre (Paris), kunstencentrum BUDA (Kortrijk)


Supported by Flanders State of the Art and the Tanzpraxis stipend of the Senate Department for Culture


Photo credits: Shutterstock

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