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Pain and I

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

Scottish Tour March - May 2024

Pain and I is an award-winning diversely accessible body of work that explores the rich complexities of living with chronic pain. Including a live dance performance, digital audio piece, graphic score (digital & publication) and immersive installation, Pain and I is currently touring across Scotland. Produced by Stories Untold and funded by Creative Scotland's Touring Fund for Theatre and Dance.

Take part in a dance workshop - 'Moving with Care'. Sarah shares the movement practices she used in creating Pain and I. Details - Dance Base 23 March, The Beacon 28 March, Cumbernauld Theatre 24 AprilShetland Arts 9 March

Tickets for live performance -  on sale 

'Exquisite★ ★ ★ ★  Young(is)Perspective


'Poetic' ★ ★ ★ ★ The Guardian

'Extraordinary' ★ ★ ★ ★ The List

'Striking★ ★ ★  Flora Gosling

'Eloquent★ ★ ★  Corr Blimey

'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, Pain and I 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)

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

Dramaturgy & Additional Sound Work - 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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