Swiss Selection Edinburgh 2022

Performing Arts
Women with a baseball bat on skatepark
«Guide to Surviving Masculinist Territory» © Pintozor

Swiss Selection Edinburgh is to return to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe this summer: Solo performer Lea Whitcher, duo Trixa Arnold & Ilja Komarov and performance company Pintozor will all be bringing an eclectic mix of multi-disciplinary work to the festival.

With «Swiss Selection Edinburgh», we enable selected Swiss groups and artists to present their works at The Fringe festival in Edinburgh, the most important performing arts festival in the Anglo-Saxon world. This showcase will include spanning real life experiences of motherhood, a fascinating study into the dark world of ‘incels’ and personal testimonies of shame. Bringing together multi-disciplinary artists, this year’s selection includes an audio walk through Edinburgh, a solo show, and a duo with live music.

After a a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, Pro Helvetia is looking forward to showcasing these works:

«Mama Love» by Lea Whitcher

Lea Whitcher’s «Mama Love» is a one-woman show in which Lea Whitcher plays with the absurdities of the idealised and toxic images of motherhood in which she finds herself enmeshed. Against the backdrop of the 2020 Swiss vote on granting new fathers a whole two weeks’ paternity leave (18 years behind the Brits’ oh-so generous offer) Whitcher links lived experience with current discourses on motherhood, thrashing out a path through a jungle of everyday situations, social clichés, and quizzical utopian models of life in a society beyond the bounds of patriarchy.

«Shame On You!» by Trixa Arnold & Ilya Komarov

Trixa Arnold & Ilja Komarov’s «Shame On You!» is an archive of shame that explores seemingly banal everyday situations and painful experiences of violence and discrimination. “You can be ashamed of many things. Of yourself, your family. Of your country, your President. Of your actions and inactions” This is what a Swiss/Russian duo Trixa & Ilya wrote three years ago. And today they are deeply ashamed – of Russia and its President. With live music & personal testimony this confronting show comes to Edinburgh in a changed world.

«Guide to Surviving Masculinist Territory» by Pintozor

Pintozor’s «Guide to Surviving Masculinist Territory» is an audio walk through the streets of Edinburgh. A woman invites audiences to follow her while listening to the story of an “Incel”, a member of the masculinist splinter community of “involuntary celibates” who meet on the internet around their hatred of women. As the life of one of these “incels” intertwines with the narrative of a young woman fascinated by this highly violent movement, audiences start to question the streets they’re walking through.

Shame On You! (Trixia Arnold & Ilja Komarov)
Mama Love (Lea Whitcher)
Guide to Surviving Masculinist Territory (Pintozor)

Throughout the course of 2020 – 2021 the Swiss Selection have found many innovative ways to connect Swiss artists with the UK arts scene. Virtual residencies, panel discussions and workshops have replaced live encounters, due to the Fringe Festival not taking place for two years.

We have decided to continue our successful virtual residency programme and to help three artists to develop their work and practice with the support of a partner organisation in the UK. Previously we have organized residencies with The Royal Court, Mayfest & LIFT festival, to name just a few and supported artists have included Monika Truong, Ntando Cele & K7 Productions.


Mama Love
Red Lecture Theatre 3pm
3–28 Aug 2022

A Guide to Surviving Masculinist Territory
Route TBA
8.30pm (Mon – Thu), 8pm (Fri – Sun)
3–28 Aug 2022

Shame on You!
Demonstration Room
3–28 Aug 2022

@ Summerhall