After Life


Switzerland/Germany/Great Britain / 2013 / 75'

After Life is the second duo in a trilogy that marks the biography of a body by means of existential states: its presence in flesh and blood, post mortem and in view of im/possible futures. In After Life, the performers appear as obfuscated post bodies that hover and haunt what is literally the other side of the spatial design where the first duo Show & Tell played out. Nic Lloyd joins Simone Aughterlony on stage as iconic representations of body and soul. Together they question a contemporary conceptualization of the body and how that relates to our thoughts and musings on possible extensions of the body after life. They like the idea of an eternal and mutating body and trust that it is within the body that the soul resides. Where else should it live? They physically process stages of (de)composition in the hope of rendering an extended history for the body – one that continues to transform and stretch into the future. How do the drives and urges we experience in life resonate when there is no body through which to fulfill them? In the stasis of infinity, existence is not bounded by time. Here it is rather like an animated waiting room. There is music playing. It is soul music, of course. And here the existence of identities is even more vast and polymorphous than in the horror stories they tell of the living.

Concept: Simone Aughterlony
Performance: Simone Aughterlony & Nic Lloyd 
Dramaturgy: Jorge León & Saša Božić 
Stage: Janina Audick 
Costume: Judith Steinmann 
Light Design: Florian Bach 
Sound Design: Jan Stehle, Susanne Affolter 
Technical Director: Ursula Degen 
Stage Technician: Jan Olieslagers 
Production Management: Anna Wagner 
Production Assistance: Lisa Ramstein & Marie Schmieder 


A production by Verein für allgemeines Wohl, in coproduction with Gessnerallee Zurich and HAU Hebbel am Ufer Berlin. Supported by Stadt Zürich Kultur, Fachstelle Kultur Kanton Zürich and Pro Helvetia Swiss Arts Council.

The Biofiction Trilogy is supported by the NATIONALES PERFORMANCE NETZ (NPN) International Guest Performance Fund for Dance, which is funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media on the basis of a decision by the German Bundestag, Stadt Zürich Kultur, Kanton Zürich Fachstelle Kultur and Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia 

Organisation: City of Women in collaboration with Bunker / Old Power Station - Elektro Ljubljana.

After Life