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Pain And I (Sarah Hopfinger)

By | Published on Tuesday 9 August 2022

It is a high ambition to present pain itself, almost a conceptual and psychological impossibility. All the more impressive, then, that Sarah Hopfinger succeeds so well. This is an extraordinarily brave performance, not so much for her physical nakedness as for its aim of making real for others her raw experience of, and responses to, chronic pain. Framed by an embracing welcome and farewell, the show shifts from dance and movement to words and back again, glued together with excellent original music by Alicia Jane Turner. I was fully engaged and particularly taken by a central piece in which words and music modulate to powerful effect through repeated minimalist-style variations. High art perhaps, but accessible and affecting.

Summerhall, until 28 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Alan Cranston]