Simone Aughterlony
Direction, Choreography, Stage design, Costume

Simone Aughterlony is an independent artist based in Berlin and Zurich, working predominantly in dance, performance and visual art contexts. They have been devising queer-spirited choreographic works over the last eighteen years. Engaging with alternative forms of kinship inside their process, new constellations emerge as possibilities for reconfiguring a culture of togetherness that foster both familiar and unknown quantities. Simone’s works playfully compose with representation and its saturation, seeping into and embracing the phenomenology of mis-recognition and the absurd. Aughterlony approaches art making as a world building practice where they navigate the contradiction between the domination of desire alongside the agency of all elements.
As a performer they have worked with artists such as Meg Stuart/Damaged Goods and Forced Entertainment amongst others. In recent years the works «Biofiction», «Uni * Form» (co-authored with filmmaker Jorge León) and the collaborative project, «Everything Fits In The Room» with artist Jen Rosenblit, a commission from HAU Hebbel am Ufer and Haus der Kulturen der Welt, have toured extensively. These works were presented at the 2018 Venice Biennale Teatro for an invited artist focus. «Remaining Strangers», an interactive work that interrogates the guest/host relation concludes their research into conceptions of the stranger of which «Compass», a collaborative work with Saša Božic and Petra Hrašcanec,and «Maintaining Stranger» are an integral part.
Aughterlony has received the KFV funding – a cooperative funding body from the city and canton of Zürich, as well as Pro Helvetia – Swiss Arts Council between the years 2006 to 2020. They were recipient of the city of Zürich recognition prize in 2011 and the prize recipient from the Federal Office of Culture in 2015. They regularly teach at academic institutions such as HZT – Hochschulübergreifendes Zentrum Tanz Berlin, ZHdK – Zurich University of the Arts, Manufacture in Lausanne, DAS Art Amsterdam amongst others as well devising and facilitating laboratory formats and frames for sharing and producing knowledge. In 2020 together with Marc Streit they founded Imbricated Real, an independent structure for contemporary art practice.

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