Simone Aughterlony

Remaining Strangers

Germany  / Switzerland

According to the philosopher Michel Serres, the customs and myths of hospitality and relationships with visiting strangers, create a pictorial and profound anthropology – «without theory, without heaviness, without boredom and full of intelligence». For Serres, the relations between host and guest – the self and the other – are never far from the parasitic: A cascade of appropriation and expropriation, a chain of profiteers who, in turn, are being exploited by someone else.

The Berlin- and Zurich-based Swiss artist Simone Aughterlony is interested in such systems. During a shuffle of chairs, they raise our awareness to the various representations of the «stranger». We are asked to engage repeatedly in familiar social situations. The folding chairs continuously need to be rearranged, and the question arises: who is hosting whom?

How, under such circumstances, can we regard something as our own? How can we transcend the thought that something belongs to us? In acknowledging the differences between individuals, «Remaining Strangers» illustrates how the stranger keeps showing up. Jen Rosenblit and Nic Lloyd, the duo on stage, and the musician Hahn Rowe demonstrate how anthropological questions can be experienced with folding chairs and microphones. Without theory, without heaviness, without boredom and full of intelligence. (zts)

Artistic direction and cast

Performance & KreationJen Rosenblit, Gary Wilmes (aufgrund der aktuellen Einreisebestimmungen tritt Nic Lloyd mit Jen Rosenblit auf)
Konzept & RegieSimone Aughterlony
MusikHahn Rowe
LichtdesignJoseph Wegmann
Dramaturgische BeratungSaša Božic, Jorge León, Felipe Ribeiro
BühneThibault van Craenenbroeck
KostümeNathalie Pallandre, Thibault van Craenenbroeck
MaskeNagi Gianni
InspizienzJan Olieslagers
Technische LeitungMarie Prédour
ProduktionsleitungSina Kiessling
FotosZTS/Christian Altorfer


ProduktionVerein für allgemeines Wohl, Imbricated Real
KoproduktionHAU Hebbel am Ufer (Berlin), Arsenic – Centre d’art scénique contemporain (Lausanne), Gessnerallee (Zürich)
UnterstützungStadt Zürich Kultur, Fachstelle Kultur Kanton Zürich, Schweizer Kulturstiftung Pro Helvetia, Migros-Kulturprozent, Schweizerische Interpretenstiftung SIS, Stiftung Anne-Marie Schindler, NATIONALES PERFORMANCE NETZ, The Invisible Dog Art Center - New York
KoproduktionsförderungTanz (beauftragt von der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien)


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Performance, affiliation and hosting


1:40 hrs.


English, with simultaneous translation to German over headphones

An inclusive event

accessible with wheelchair


An event by Gessnerallee Zürich that is presented as a part of the Zürcher Theater Spektakel



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