Schwald/Leuenberger wanted to be girls in their childhood. In the Switzerland of the 1980s, they had a hard time of it – just like their three female performers to the experiences of their three female performers from southern India. Despite a lively queer scene and an Indian tradition that diverges from binary gender codes, the three have to fi ght as feminists, queer activists and transactivists for recognition and acceptance of their femininities. In four solos, they share personal experiences and longings that still shape their political struggles and their relationship to their own bodies today. An evening that celebrates resistance to the norm and pride in one‘s own femininity!
Since 2015, SCHWALD/LEUENBERGER have been developing documentary dance evenings that interweave dance and biographical approaches to contemporary performances. Their production «Kreutzberg» (2015), which, among other things, dealt with homosexuality during the Second World War, was awarded the prize «Schweizer Tanzerbe» by the Federal Office of Culture. The Swiss-Indian follow-up production EF_FEMININITY (2018) was invited to the Impulse Festival NRW and to the Sélection Suisse en Avignon. Both works were on the longlist for the Swiss Dance Days 2016/2019.
ARTISTIC DIRECTION Chris Leuenberger, Marcel Schwald PERFORMANCE Diya Naidu, Living Smile Vidya, Shilok Mukkati, Chris Leuenberger ASSISTANCE Anna Josepha Fritsch COSTUME Salome Egger SOUND Thomas Jeker OUTSIDE EYES Joshua Muyiwa, Kirtana Kumar, Merel Heering, Anne Haug TECHNICAL DIRECTION, LIGHT Thomas Kohler PHOTOGRAPHY Lukas Acton PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT Maxine Devaud, Sabine Jud PRODUCTION INDIA Sandbox Collective Bangalore
A Schwald/Leuenberger production in co-production with Dampfzentrale Bern and Kaserne Basel. Accompanied by Danse & Dramaturgie, a programme initiated by Théâtre Sévelin 36, in collaboration with Dampfzentrale Bern, Tanzhaus Zürich, TU - Théâtre de l'Usine and ROXY Birsfelden. With the kind support of 1 Shanthi Road Studio Gallery Bangalore, Specialist Committee for Dance and Theatre BS/BL, Canton of Berne, City of Berne, Migros-Kulturprozent, Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia, Shoonya Centre for Art and Somatic Practices Bangalore, SSA Société Suisse des Auteurs, SüdKulturFonds, Burgergemeinde Bern and the Gesellschaft zu Ober-Gerwern. With thanks to Infi nite Souls Residencies Bangalore and Adishakthi Theatre Arts Residencies. Media partner: Siegessäule.