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INSTALLATION/PERFORMANCE — «Maintaining Stranger» proposes an artificially cultivated, rocky desert as a designated cruising zone for strange encounters. Capitalizing on the desert as a space to face one’s insignificance allows for the perfect abandon, to measure up against the immeasurable.

A collection of secondary characters, as if selected from different casts yet all iconic in their own way, scaffold intimacies that hold no claim on future proximity. Without home, script or history the strangers here actively engage beyond colonizing, they maintain a process of de-possessing while mining the other.

Unravelling the notion of the stranger from a foreign concept to a proximal nature this ‘community of strangers’ are still gathered with the pains and joys of togetherness but maybe not tethered. «Maintaining Stranger» tracks the weather and the weathered, drifts and gaps between people where intimacy is most intensely felt. Love is nothing personal, difference always is.

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CREDITS

Concept: Simone Aughterlony
Performance: Simone Aughterlony, Niall Jones, Nic Lloyd, Mathias Ringgenberg, Hahn Rowe, Teresa Vittucci
Sculptures-Design: Christopher Füllemann
Music: Hahn Rowe
Writing: Jen Rosenblit
Dramaturgical Advice: Jorge León, Saša Božić, Jen Rosenblit
Light Design: Florian Bach

Co-production: Gessnerallee Zürich, Arsenic – Contemporary Performing Arts Center, Lausanne, HAU Hebbel am Ufer
Special Thanks: Dampfzentrale Bern
Supported by: City of Zurich, Canton of Zurich Fachstelle Kultur und Pro Helvetia - Swiss Cultural Foundation, Fondation, Nestlé pour l´Art, Kulturfonds der Société Suisse des Auteurs