> gelijktijdigheid

simultaneity > gelijktijdigheid [English/Dutch]

Simultaneity means that two or more events on stage have some coherence (or not)or happen at the same time.  These different elements do not have to be dependent on each other. One way to achieve this is the use of the ‘pictogram’. This is a physical representation (in abstract or concrete form) of a specific idea or concept. When different pictograms are shown together at the same time, it can be said to be a case of simultaneity. Simultaneity is not limited to a single medium. A common practice is to use different media at the same time such as music, the physical body, the voice, visual arts and new media. The concept of simultaneity is also not limited to only one idea or concept . Multiple ideas and concepts can be expressed at the same time; they strengthen or contradict each other. Simultaneity is also not limited to space. It is possible to make two events happen at the same time in separate spaces that are linked through a specific medium such as new media. An example of this would be a performance in which the performance is performed in a different space than the one in which the audience is seated, but where the audience can watch the performance through live-streaming. Simultaneity breaks away from the Aristotelian notion of drama where a theatre performance has a beginning, a midpoint and an ending, all of which eventually lead toward a conclusion.

Author and translator: Martin Blaauw