Simone Aughterlony


Simone Aughterlony is an independent artist based and supported in Zurich and Berlin, working predominantly in dance and performance contexts. Over more than decade, Aughterlony has been devising and producing choreographic works in collaboration with friends, visual artists, musicians, academics and dance artists. She has collaborated with makers such as Meg Stuart/Damaged Goods, Forced Entertainment and Jorge León, Phil Hayes amongst others. The artist has most recently been thinking about and engaging with alternative forms of kinship. Inside her process new constellations of family emerge as possibilities for reconfiguring a culture of togetherness that foster both familiar and unknown quantities. Finding affinity with temporalities that facilitate a sensitive and sensual rapport with the materiality of all bodies gives access to forms of intimacy we may not yet recognize. Her works playfully compose with representation and its saturation, seeping into and embracing the phenomenology of mis-recognition and the absurd. Aughterlony approaches the performance genre as a world building practice where she navigates the contradiction between the domination of desire alongside the agency of all elements. In 2015, Aughterlony was awarded the Swiss Dance Prize (Schweizer Tanzpreis) for outstanding performer.