This August, Pro Helvetia will support a selection of three theatre companies/artists to present their work at Summerhall as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, under the Swiss Selection Edinburgh banner. The works featured are:
«21» by Mats Staub
When did you turn twenty-one? In this ambitious video installation, Mats Staub explores how world history is mirrored in personal memories. From Germany to South Africa, Australia to Scotland, he interviews more than 200 people from all age groups and backgrounds about their memories of the year they became an adult – then several months later, asks them to listen back to their words. With warmth, humour and poignancy, «21» is an urgent reminder that we have more in common than sets us apart.
«I spent four hours… addictive.» (The Guardian)
Dates & Venue
Summerhall, Lower Café Gallery, 2 – 25 Aug 2019
Various times: 10.00, 12.00, 14.00, 16.00
«8:8» by Mercimax
Eight ordinary people stand before eight spectators. But how ordinary are they really? Can you trust how people look and what they say? What makes someone a suspect? With a diverse cast of eight accomplices drawn from the Edinburgh community, this intimate play of truth and deception challenges the judgements we make about the people we pass every day. «8:8» combines physical theatre and whispered secrets in an unsettling performance for just eight audience members at a time. Appearances can be deceptive.
Dates & Venue
Summerhall, Former Women’s Locker Room 31 July – 25 Aug 2019 (not 1, 5, 12 & 19)
Various times: 18.30, 19.15 Tue – Fri | 16.30, 17.15, 18.30, 19.15 Sat & Sun
«Traumboy» by Daniel Hellmann / «Traumgirl» by Anne Welenc
Drawing on Daniel Hellmann and Anne Welenc’s personal and professional experiences as performers rooted in theatre, music and dance, «Traumboy» and «Traumgirl» explore the relationship between sex, money, shame and identity, exposing the tensions between paying for sex and a hyper-sexualised, capitalist society. Performed in parallel, «Traumboy», which has toured internationally, and «Traumgirl», which receives its World Premiere at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, address the challenges of life as a male sex worker and a female sex worker respectively.
Dates & Venue
Summerhall, Old Lab, 31 July – 25 Aug 2019 (not 1 & 19), 8.10pm
«Traumgirl» will be performed on odd dates, «Traumboy» will be performed on even dates
With the support of Ernst Göhner Foundation, Migros Culture Percentage, Stanley Thomas Johnson Foundation.
Each August, the Scottish city of Edinburgh is transformed into the largest performing arts stage in the world. Featuring theatre and comedy, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, better known simply as «The Fringe», was founded in 1947 as an alternative to the Edinburgh International Festival. Now, around three and a half thousand shows are presented at the festival each year, and around one million visitors attend. The festival is not only an impressive experience for audiences, but also opens doors for artists to the English language market and international programmers.
Swiss Selection Edinburgh will help to raise awareness of Swiss stage arts in the British and global cultural landscape. Encounters between Swiss artists and international programmers increase the chances for Swiss companies to be invited for guest performances and tours. Summerhall, Pro Helvetia’s partner venue for Swiss Selection Edinburgh, has a particular focus on international and contemporary productions, and is one of the best recognised venues at the Fringe – as The Stage put it «it sometimes feels like Summerhall is the Fringe, or at least it is for serious theatre lovers».
Pro Helvetia is also supporting the presentation of Milo Rau’s «La Reprise» as part of the Edinburgh International Festival, 3-5 August 2019. Tickets can be booked now here.
[Photo: Mats Staub «21» (Hannover) © Andreas Etter]