Physical Empathy

photo: Sascha Rijkeboer      

Premiere September 10+11+12 2021
Weld, Stockholm

Swiss premiere January 28+29 2022
ROXY Birsfelden, Basel

Physical Empathy is a choreographic fiction which engages in physiotherapeutic dialogues between bodies and objects. Through different healthcare practices such as massage, movement assistance, dancing and singing, affective connections are being explored and altered. Here, the concept that care is always something careful, is broken up at some points, because breathing life into non-living objects requires technique as well as struggles, and a bit of magic. By paying attention to the powerful labour, but also exploitation and oppression, of historical and contemporary caregivers, Physical Empathy invites speculations on what healthcare was, is, and could be.

Review and interview with Danstidningen -magazine about the Scandinvian dance scene

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Concept, choreography, text, performance: Tyra Wigg

Miriam Coretta Schulte

Scenography, costume:
Julia Benon & Tyra Wigg

Music composition, performance:
Aram Abbas

Jessica Huber
Lucie Tuma

Sound design consultant:
Siri Jennefelt

Light design, stage technique:
Ronald Salas

The artist cooperative Interim kultur

Co-produced by:
Weld, Stockholm & Theater Roxy, Basel

Supported by:
The Swedish Arts Council and the City of Stockholm

Created in residencies at:
ROXY Birsfelden, Weld, Cima Città/Health Fiction, Art Lab Gnesta