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Pain and I

Fri 22 Mar 2024 @ 7:00 pm - 7:45 pm

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Age Group: 16+
Duration: 45m

Unreserved seated event. For access bookings, please contact the venue directly.

British Sign Language Interpreted and Integrated on 22 March. Pain and I has many elements of a Relaxed Performance. Full access information can be found here

Contains nudity, recommended for ages 16+. Autobiographical content touches on themes of illness, disability, and depression.

What does it mean to care for our bodies, ourselves and each other in times of personal and collective pain?

Pain and I is a bold exploration into chronic pain experience by Sarah Hopfinger which unashamedly celebrates the rich complexities of living with pain. Featuring playful choreography, experimental dance, intimate autobiographical text and original classical music composition by Alicia Jane Turner, Hopfinger asks: ‘what can pain teach us?’ in this powerful, honest, and compelling work.

Pain and I won the Choreographer International Performance Award 2023 (Festival Quartier Danses, Canada), and premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe with Made in Scotland (2022).

A diversely accessible body of work, Pain and I can be experienced as live dance performance, digital audio experience, and digital or published graphic score.

Pain and I | Sarah Hopfinger

Creative Team

Created and performed by Sarah Hopfinger

Music and Sound Design by Alicia Jane Turner

Dramaturgy and Movement Direction Laura Bradshaw

Lighting Design Michaella Fee

BSL Interpretation Rachel Amey

Publication design by Rachel O’Neill and Michaela Pointon, with images by Brian Hartley

Audio piece and Graphic score designed by Michaela Pointon & Rachel O’Neill


Produced by Stories Untold

Film by Lucas Chih-Peng Kao

Production images by Tiu Makkonen

"★★★★ Poetic "The Guardian
"★★★★ Accessibility is woven into the very DNA of the piece"Neurodiverse Review
"★★★★ Extraordinary… every moment is a revelation… A vital personal work that exudes the universal"The List
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