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Pain and I

// Performance 
// Audio 
//Graphic Score 
// Installation

Scottish Tour Nov 2023 - May 2024

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Pain and I is an award-winning diversely accessible body of work: live dance performance, digital audio piece, graphic score (digital & publication) and immersive installation.

'Poetic' ★ ★ ★ ★ The Guardian

'Extraordinary... every moment is a revelation' ★ ★ ★ ★ The List

'Accessibility is woven into the very DNA of the piece' ★ ★ ★ ★ Neurodiverse Review 

'Accessible and affecting' ★ ★ ★ ★ Three Weeks

'Searingly beautiful' ★ ★ ★ ★ The Wee Review


A bold exploration into chronic pain experience, featuring playful choreography, experimental dance, intimate autobiographical text, and new classical music composition by Alicia Jane Turner. The work unashamedly celebrates the rich complexities of living with pain. Audiences are invited to reflect on what it means to care for our bodies, ourselves, and each other in times of personal and collective pain.

Recent news: Pain and I won the Choreographer International Performance Award 2023, Festival Quartier Danses, Canada.

Pain and I world premier took place at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe at Summerhall with Made in Scotland 2022. The work has since be shown at international festivals and venues, such as Festival Quartier Danses (Canada), The Roundhouse, The Place, Dundee Rep, Dance Base and Tramway.

More praise for Pain and I


Exeunt Magazine

Demonstrates the immense value of learning to be with that which you can’t leave – pain, grief, regrets 

Lyn Gardner

Simultaneously abstract and solid... beautiful show explores living with pain and caring for ourselves and others

Hit The North Blog

Incredible... Hopfinger's words...have weight and nuance... raw, honest

Available for live and digital touring - email


Creator, Choreographer and Performer - Sarah Hopfinger (she/her)

Music and Sound Composition - Alicia Jane Turner (they/them)

Additional Sound Work - Jer Red (he/him)

Graphic Score Design - Michaela Pointon (she/her) & Rachel O'Neill (she/her), images Brian Hartley (he/him)

Dramaturgy & Movement Direction - Laura Bradshaw (she/her)

Dramaturgy - Jer Reid (he/him)

Producer (Made In Scotland, Fringe) - Laura Fisher (they/she)

Producer (Scottish Tour) - Stories Untold, Robyn Jancovich-Brown (she/her)

Production Assistants - Nell O'Hara (she/her) & Shona McKay (they/them)

Press - Joy Parkinson (she/her)

Stage Manager - Lucy May Wilson (she/they)

BSL Interpreter - Rachel Amey (she/her)

Film Media - Lucas Chih-Peng Kao (he/him)

Images - Tiu Makkonen (they/them)

Funded by Made In Scotland, Creative Scotland, Take Me Somewhere, Tramway, Platform, The Work Room,  Battersea Arts Centre.

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