Skrøbelige liv/Precarious life
In September 2001, I fainted so many times that I was admitted to a hospital. A few days before The Twin Towers had collapsed after one of the most spectacular terrorists attacks ever. I didn’t experience 9/11. I had collapsed in my bed and slept from the event. At the hospital they didn’t know what was wrong with me. Later I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease. Like all autoimmune diseases it’s chronic, which means I’ll be taking medicine the rest of my life.
Precarious life is a performance on terror and autoimmune diseases. Terror and autoimmune diseases have a common factor: neither can be defeated because the threat comes from within. Precarious life has a personal and political aim. The personal consists in understanding why the body suddenly attacks itself. The political consists in examining the autoimmunity of terror and in asking: How do we act when confronted with something that cannot be defeated?
Text, staging and performance Sofie Volquartz Lebech
Set design Sille Dons Heltoft
Sound design Pelle Skovmand
Choreography Kasper Daugaard Poulsen
Costumes Anna Rosa Hiort-Lorenzen
Producer René Kruse
Graphic design Søren Meisner
Precarious life is supported by The Danish Arts Foundation. The performance received the Danish Arts Foundation’s award in 2014.
Precarious life is an elegantly composed performance lecture, where the use of space creates an intended eerie atmosphere. Surprises provide emotional and violent impact. Five stars. Mette Garfield, Teater 1
The text is compellingly strong: Sofie-Hashimoto, a body in permanent war with itself. Four stars. Monna Dithmer, Politiken
Theatre for thought. Terror and autoimmune diseases are woven together in an intelligent performance lecture. Weekendavisen. Klaus Rothstein.