« 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 conservative, 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. 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
David Speiser, Julian Voneschen
Maxine Devaud, Oh LaLa Productions
Stephan Stock, Selina Beghetto