Daniel Hellmann’s «Traumboy», Anne Welenc’s «Traumgirl», Mats Staub’s «21» and Mercimax’s «8:8» were the shows selected to be a part of the programme, presented at Summerhall, one of the most prestigious venues at the festival, known for its innovative and contemporary curation. Amid a full event programme featuring more than 3800 shows, Swiss Selection Edinburgh made a splash in this first foray into the Edinburgh Fringe.
With the intention to enhance the visibility of Swiss performing arts in the English-speaking and global cultural landscape, the shows attracted enthusiastic audiences, with one work a complete sell-out and two others exceeding their box office targets. More than 100 programmers from all around the world attended Swiss Selection Edinburgh. Around 70 articles about Swiss Selection Edinburgh appeared in the press.
See what #SwissSelectionEdinburgh has to offer this #EdFringe! They’ve taken over our instagram today, but you can also catch their performances at @Summerhallery ✨ #ListTakeover https://t.co/Ee3WX5IfHB pic.twitter.com/k15sweIIRT
— The List (@thelistmagazine) 18. August 2019
«Traumboy» by Daniel Hellmann / «Traumgirl» by Anne Welenc
Performed on alternating nights throughout the festival, these auto-fictional performances told the stories of sex workers Daniel and Kim, offering a nuanced discussion of why sex for money is still considered taboo (s. picture above).
The shows were included in The Guardian: «Shows We Recommend», The Skinny: «Best of the Fest», The List: «Theatre Hitlist», The List: «10 LGBTQI+ shows to catch at the 2019 Edinburgh Festival Fringe», Miro Magazine: «Top Theatre Picks».
«8:8» by Mercimax
A deceptively simple piece for just eight audience members at a time featuring choreography, whispered secrets, and truths and untruths, the performance challenged the audience to think about who they trust and why. The work received rave reviews, such as The Observer who described it as «A neat little wonder… so utterly special that I used it as my go-to recommendation».
«21» by Mats Staub
From Serbia to South Africa, young lovers to Hitler Youths, Mats Staub’s interviewees recounted their experiences of coming of age. The moving and funny video installation offered a perfect reprieve from the hustle and bustle of the Fringe, and many visitors found themselves absorbed for several hours. The Skinny said it was «ambitious, fascinating and at times heart-rending».
Alongside the Fringe programme, Pro Helvetia also supported Milo Rau’s highly acclaimed «La Reprise», as part of the Edinburgh International Festival. The play was one of the stand-out shows, achieving a raft of glowing reviews in the national press.
Edinburgh review: five stars for Milo Rau’s metatheatrical tour de force ‘La Reprise’ at the @edintfest – which you have two days to see and really really should https://t.co/wPOz7edtnF pic.twitter.com/y68wkZeHTP
— Time Out Theatre (@TimeOutTheatre) 4. August 2019