How can we feel aliveness? Through research into ancient healing techniques, outsourced care, bodily autonomy, divination and grief, we open ourselves to meditate on sickness and all the stories revealed.
Sick Dreams is a 90 minute performance on the topic of sickness. The audience is invited to lay in beds and dive into a soundscape that mixes interviews, poems, dreams, stories and songs. It is a meditation made by those who are chronically sick and those who care for the sick: A multitude of voices exploring what it is to wake up in pain, to care, to be tired, to be numb, to feel.
As the light is slowly dimming, the stories are accompanied by vocals from NYX electronic drone choir. A poem is read for bodies to time travel. Senses are taken to the edge of land through a guided visualisation. A karaoke song is sung. Dances are danced between the beds without fear of judgement. This is no cure. There is resilience. This is a radical space for and by sickos.
Sick Dreams premiered in Leipzig as part of KATPULT Performance Platform, a festival organized by Residenz, Schaubühne Lindenfels and Lofft.
A Performance by
Zinzi Buchanan & Fayer Koch
Clay AD, Paca faraus, Martina Hefter, Jordan Martin, Peter Scherrebeck Hansen, Xenia Taniko, Jared Cooper Cobain
Nyx Electronic Drone Choir
Zinzi Buchanan, Fjola Gautadóttir, Asaf Ahronson
Falk Grever, Sasha Amaya
Special Thanks to
Zinzi Buchanan is a dance artist, writer and death doula in training. They studied visual cultures at Goldsmiths and contemporary dance at NSCD. They received the Berlin Tanzstipendium 2020/21 and their research focuses on sickness, grief and divination.
Fayer Koch is a writer and activist. He studied creative writing at Deutsches Literaturinstitut Leipzig. His latest play, Anorexia Feelgood-Songs, will premier in Theater Magdeburg in September 2021. Fayer Koch lives in Leipzig.
The reader breaks for everybody, that's part of the performance, can be downloaded here.