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je suisse (or not)

Camilla Parini (CH)

Extra Time Plus — creation
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duration : 30'
Reading material available in French or English


For one person at a time

English speaker friendly
If you wish to follow the texts in English, please inform the box office.

With boundless generosity, Camilla Parini lays a few fragments of her life in our hands in the intimacy of her show je suisse (or not)designed for “one person at a time”The Ticino-based artist tenderly accompanies us through photographic memories of her childhood, from which emerge a whirlwind of questions about the notion of family, identity and belonging. Parini describes herself as an introvert, but she communicates in a different way, through a sensitive “elsewhere”, linked to affects, testimony and traces; she embraces us with gentleness and humility to open up the space for an authentic and mesmerising listening experience.

“I was born in the Italian-speaking part of Switzerland and most of the time, to communicate with the rest of Switzerland, I have to speak a language that isn’t my own – a communication issue that goes from personal to domestic, from domestic to national, and vice versa.”
– Camilla Parini 

design Camilla Parini, Collettivo Treppenwitz performance Camilla Parini artistic collaboration Francesca Sproccati, Simon Waldvogel dramaturgical support Jessica Huber photos and videos Amos Pellegrinelli, Francesca Sproccati graphics Complice Press Lugano technical settings Alessandro Macchi production Collettivo Treppenwitz coproduction far° Nyon and Südpol Luzern for the Extra Time Plus programme in collaboration with LAC Lugano Arte e Cultura sponsors Pro Helvetia – Swiss Arts Council, DECS Repubblica e Cantone Ticino – Fondo Swisslos, Ernst Göhner Foundation, Landis&Gyr Foundation, Edith Maryon Foundation, Johnson Foundation, Città di Lugano, Comune di Agno in partnership with Cima Città collaboration for Extra Time Plus FIT Lugano acknowledgements Savino Caruso and Catol Texeira for sharing their valuable experience of Extra Time Plus and to all those involved in the project; Ruby Glaskin for the good match with Kate Craddock from GIFT Festival for the “Virtual Residence – Swiss Selection Edinburgh” supported by Pro Helvetia – Swiss Arts Council; Kate for her sensitivity and understanding; all the people who participated voluntarily or involuntarily in the creation of the material, including my family; especially René Waldvogel