Karl Saks  Planet Alexithymia

Experiment C: “A Barbary dove couple is placed in a white, box-shaped cage, from where the female pigeon is gradually removed for a longer and longer period of time. Few days after the female has been completely removed, the male Barbary dove is ready to mate with the white rock dove, whom it has ignored so far. After some time it is ready to perform ritual bows and gurgling sounds to a stuffed pigeon, then after some time to a rolled dusty fabric, hammer and a black glove placed on a pedestal. After weeks of solitary confinement the pigeon directs its mating movements to an empty corner of the cage, where the meeting points of horizontal sides give at least an optical point of reference.” 

A body that is pressed into the environment or consciousness pressed into the body – whether it is a black box, a prison or an arable land – has to deal with routine and pragmatic repetitions – a regenerating sequence and the phenomenon of how body and psychological functions adopt to it (or not) will be the subject of the work.

Planet Alexithymia is a science fictional radio drama and spectacle, which draws information from experiments, procedures, syndromes and diagnoses.

(Alexithymia is a subclinical phenomenon involving lack of emotional awareness or, more specifically, difficulty in identifying and describing feelings and in distinguishing feelings from the bodily sensations of emotional arousal.)


Karl Saks is a choreographer, dancer and sound designer. He graduated from Tartu University Viljandi Culture Academy, Performing Arts Department (BA) in 2009 and Estonia Art Academy, New Media Department (MA) in 2017. He has created three solo performances and has taken part in collaborations as sound designer in the context of theatre, movie and gallery art, as dramaturg, as performer, as directors’ assistant and as co-director. He is part of a musical collective Cubus Larvik.

Author, sound design: Karl Saks

Dramaturg: Maike Lond Malmborg

On stage: Ruslan Stepanov, Karl Saks

Light design, technical support: Henry Kasch

Project manager Maarja Kalmre

Coproducer: Kanuti Gildi SAAL, ēlektron

“MORE THAN THIS” residents in support with EU culture programme: Parallele Festival (Marseille), Materials Diversos festival (Lissabon)

With the support of Cultural Endowment of Estonia 

Duration: 60 min

Performance is in English