Simone Aughterlony’s dance works rarely fit neatly into the category of choreography. Aughterlony’s distinctive combination of movement materials, visual imagery and texts follows the transformations between her multidisciplinary roles as: choreographer, playwright, director and performer. Indeed, the word “persona” (latin per-sonare: sounding through, to possess a voice or identity) could describe Aughterlony’s choreographic thinking: her practice affirms transformable potential of stage identities, while at the same time questioning the forces establishing those identities. Collaboration is another important strategy in her work, especially with regard to Biofiction Trilogy, which marks the biography of a body by means of existential states: its presence in flesh and blood, post mortem and in view of impossible futures. These transformation pieces are created as encounters with artists coming from different backgrounds: with performer Phil Hayes in Show and Tell, which maps out possible histories of a potential body that is never simply given as a whole, with actor Nic Loyd in After Life, in which performers appear as obfuscated post bodies, with choreographer Antonija Livingstone and musician Hahn Rowe in Supernatural, where human and non-human actants stage a careful inquiry into some vibrant matters. The latest production: Uni * Form, a collaboration with filmmaker Jorge León, brings back the question of the stage “persona”. In Uni * Form disguised performers intra-act in a distinct environment that disturbs the established boundaries and unpredictable abuse of distance and touch associated with police control.
Dirty Vestiges (2015)
Simone Aughterlony & Michael Günzburger
Simone Aughterlony & Antonija Livingstone & Hahn Rowe
Uni * Form (2015)
Simone Aughterlony & Jorge León
Simone Aughterlony is an independent artist based in Zurich and Berlin, working predominantly in dance and performance contexts. She has collaborated with makers such as Meg Stuart/Damaged Goods, Forced Entertainment and Jorge León amongst others. Over the last decade, she has been devising choreographic works of which Public Property, Performers on Trial and The Best and the Worst of Us toured extensively in Europe. Together with filmmaker Jorge León, they directed an artistic project on the subject of domestic servitude, which premiered at the Kunstenfestivaldesarts in Brussels (2010). She is currently engaged with the third part of her Biofiction Trilogy, Supernatural, with Antonija Livingstone and Hahn Rowe, as well as with Uni * Form, a collaborative project with Jorge León.