'Let us deprive death of its strangeness, let us frequent it, let us get used to it... To practice death is to practice freedom.' Montaigne

One Hour combines an exceptional theatrical form with an existential theme: our relationship to time and to our mortality. Kaldor invites the spectators to approach dying with curiosity, and creates the conditions for 'rehearsing' their own deaths.

Lying down in the darkness, the audience is enveloped by questions, people, images and sounds. A reflective and sensory experience, the performance guides them through the physical and mental states connected to the process of dying, and triggers them to revisit their own lives from the vantage point of death. Each spectator creates his or her own personal narrative at the junction of things maybe long forgotten and not yet imagined. Like a lucid dream. Here. Now. Alone. Together.



concept, text and direction by Edit Kaldor

performed by Hester van Hasselt, Saskia Hegt, Jack Monkau, John Serkei, David de Lange

artistic advice and video Frank Theys

sound composition Paul Glazier

animation/ video compositing Ruud Terhaag, Marleine van der Werf

dramaturgy Nicola Unger

light Ingeborg Slaats

video and sound technique Marco Steenks

set design Marion Traenkle

sound Marco Steenks

management Anneke Tonen

assistance Eva Schippers

thanks to Tim Etchells, Gerda Lamers, Microscopy Unit, IBL en Fons Verbeek Imaging & BioInformatics, LIACS, Universiteit van Leiden

produced by Stichting Kata (Amsterdam)

co-produced by Productiehuis Rotterdam (Rotterdamse Schouwburg), Hebbel am Ufer (Berlijn)

supported by de tweejarige projectsubsidieregeling van het Fonds Podiumkunsten, SNS Reaal Fonds, VSBfonds, Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst