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We're very excited to announce our next projects in Valais (Switzerland):

February 2016: Airswimming by Charlotte Jones; in conjunction with exciting panel discussions before and after the shows.
April 2016, ongoing: Tour of Airswimming by Charlotte Jones

Airswimming by Charlotte Jones
German premiere in a translation by Cindy-Jane Armbruster and Eva Mann

Airswimming by Charlotte Jones is based on a true story. 1920s, St Dymphna's Asylum for the Criminally Insane: Persephone, Daddy's little girl, has given birth to a child out of wedlock, so she's been locked away. At St Dymphna's she meets Dora, a virago with a passion for military history. Dora and Persephone scrub the bathroom floors. For years. For decades. Forgotten by their families, they are not released until some 50 years later.

Trapped in the solitude of their daily routine, the two women eventually bond - what is initially a matter of necessity and convenience slowly deepens into genuine friendship and connection. They start sharing stories from their lives, or fragments of stories, since neither has ever been able to fully grasp what happened to her, and why.

The narrative is interrupted by the appearance of Dorph and Porph - alter egos of the two captured women - who go on wild and increasingly surreal adventures: airswimming, joining the Red Army's women's battalion, living their lives to a soundtrack of Doris Day. Similar to Beckett's tramps, Dorph and Porph are waiting for an unfathomable, unknowable, eternally absent something, which might be able to offer redemption and meaning.

Airswimming is a tragicomedy, an hommage to the many women who were locked up in asylums and prisons for being single mothers or simply not quite fitting in.

Cast
Persephone: Cindy-Jane Armbruster
Dora: Lilian Naef
Music: Fabienne Imoberdorf

Creative
Director production lead: Eva Mann
Dramaturgie- and Gastspielbetreuung: Marianne Weber
Lighting Design: Beat Jaggy

Performance dates 2016
(There will be an introductory talk 45 minutes before the start of each performance.)

At the Zeughaus Kultur Brig:
Fri 5th February, 19:30
Sat 6th February, 18:00 (additional panel discussion in German "Weibliche Lebensentwürfe zwischen Anpassung und Ausgrenzung" at 20:30)
Thu 11th February, 19:30
Fri 12th February, 19:30
Sat 13th February, 19:30 (additional panel discussion "Fürsorgerische Zwangsmassnahmen und ihre Folgen" at 18:00)

Tickets can be booked directly with Zeughaus Kultur Brig (027 923 13 13).

Tour 2016:
Thu 31st March, 20:00 – Chärnehus Einsiedeln, tickets [AT] playades [punkt] ch
Fri 1st April, 20:00 – theater(uri) Altdorf, Ticketcenter Uri or 041 874 80 09
Sat 2nd April, 20:00 – Alte Kanzlei Riehen, tickets [AT] playades [punkt] ch
Sun 3rd April, 17:00 – Alte Kanzlei Riehen, tickets [AT] playades [punkt] ch
Thu 28th April, 20:00 – Theater Rennweg26 Biel, tickets [AT] playades [punkt] ch

Mountain climbing in Victorian petticoats:
In 1871 Meta Brevoort and Lucy Walker are ambitiously making their way to the top. Because among Alpine pioneers, men and women alike, the "Horu" (Matterhorn) is considered the most desirable trophy. Which of the two ladies will be The First?

(This event is in German and Swiss German.)