On Wednesday November 13th 2013, Falk Hübner publicly defended his doctoral dissertation Shifting Identities, The Musician as Theatrical Performer at Leiden University.
The focus of the research lies in the approach of reducing, denying, or taking away essential elements of music making in order to let the musician become theatrical. By systematically leaving out certain specific musical abilities and performative actions of the professional musician on the one hand, and on the other hand using these abilities - as for example the ability to execute and remember complex rhythms, or using originally "musical" movements such as finger articulations playing an instrument as choreographic material - music-theatrical works have been created as artistic outcomes of the research. Four of these works have been combined into a series of performances and installations, "Sounds of Absence", to be performed on November 8 at 15.00 and 19.00 p.m. in the November Music Festival in Den Bosch, Theater Artemis, Predikheerenpoort 50. In this series, the audience is guided through the building. Each work populates a different space and seeks to make "something else" visible, it develops and demonstrates new types of task performance in order to let the musician become theatrical.