Pain and I - audio

Research output: Performances, compositions and other non-textual formsPerformance



Premiere of the Pain and I audio piece at Take Somewhere Festival 2021.

Pain and I is a bold and intimate audio piece, exploring the complexities of chronic pain experience through autobiographical text, sound and music. Sarah Hopfinger has lived with chronic back and neurological pain for 18 years, and has largely related to her pain as a barrier to her life and work. For this performance she turns towards her pain as a creative collaborator, exploring it as an unwanted life partner and intimate companion. Pain and I playfully and unashamedly acknowledges the hardships and celebrates the richness of living with chronic pain.

Pain and I originally existed as a choreographic studio performance for a live audience - this audio piece develops the work in a new direction, inviting the listener to reflect on what it means to care for our bodies, ourselves and each other in times of personal and collective pain.


Original languageEnglish
Media of outputOnline
Publication statusPublished or Performed - 1 May 2021