25 November 2019 • Janneke Platenkamp-Kannegieter
Radical intimacy at THiNK FeST
It was open.
It was so much more. The THiNK FeST performance by faculty directors Simone Fredriksz (Business, Finance & Marketing) and Liduine Bremer (Public Management, Law & Safety) was entitled ‘Radicale intimiteit (Radical intimacy)’ and looked back at their job swap experience, which had surprised everyone in early October. At the time they announced that this swap had meant much more to them than simply switching faculties. However, exactly how much only became clear during their performance.
Late afternoon, two stools stood across from each other in a small space in the basement of the main building. Chairs had been set up on both sides to accommodate the spectators. After everyone had sat down, the lights were dimmed and the music began. This immediately evoked a sense of intimacy. The radical intimacy began with the faculty directors taking turns sharing their experiences of the swap. Honest revelations that were like a window into their soul. Doubts, uncertainties, trying to find yourself again. Losing a sense of control and trying to regain that. But also: pride. Pride in yourself and the people around you. Pride in your own faculty, but also in ‘the other faculty’. This was about trust, judgement and systems. It was about…so much more.
During their performance Simone and Liduine frequently swapped stools. A beautiful reference to the swap they had made in real life , but it also helped them through the tough moments. Because sharing your feelings like this with a group of colleagues is a huge step outside of your comfort zone. Afterwards, each spectator received a note with the following question: “What did this mean to you?” and below a phone number where you could send the answer. Then it was time for a drink and a bite to eat. The conversations that followed were beautiful, sincere and honest. Just like the performance.
Did you miss it and are you even more curious now to see what was said and done? We made a video recording of the performance. It’s still a surprise when it will premier!
“Simone, by letting go of myself and becoming more you, I gained more space for myself.”
Liduine Bremer, Dean of the Faculty of Public Management, Law & Safety
“Liduine, I need you to go on an adventure inside myself.”
Simone Fredriksz, Dean of the Faculty of Business, Finance & Marketing