« Schwingen » is a cultural physical practice that can be used to negotiate various thematic complexes and cultural narratives. Johanna confronts this male-connoted sport in a duet with two male performers and critically questions the identity of this practice.
Personnally, Johanna Heusser is sceptical about Swiss traditions in her everyday life, probably not least because they often seem to her to be closely linked to conserva- tive, nationalist and patriarchal values with which she cannot identify. Beyond the exercise of these traditions, she feels that they are problematic in the modern society in which we live. But of course, this is precisely what makes it clear how powerful the use of living traditions, such as Swiss wrestling, as an object of projection can be. For Dr Churz, dr Schlungg und dr Böös, she would like to untie this link, to understand where the points of contact lie in a body-based cultural practice like this one in order to instrumentalise them for the propaganda of conservative values. She would like to explore whether the performative potential can also be looked at and used differently by artistically manipulating movement material and changing the staging strategies. Through suggesting specific aspects of traditional wrestling and its festivals as a performative stage practice and shifting them with the help of certain strategies, she dares to propose an alternative concept.
Johanna Sofia Heusser