A performer wears a costume with a wide, long skirt and a large fan collar. Her face is masked. Behind her is a round table with a dark green tablecloth. A construct of ladders hangs from the ceiling.
A body from the waist up. In front of the face is a dartboard with antlers.
A performer leans on a round table. On the table is a green tablecloth made of sturdy fabric.

No Gambling

Imbricated Real (Simone Aughterlony, Julia Häusermann)

Zürich, Berlin

In casinos, in cellars, in back rooms at night, people are gambling. On a green felt surface, where normally billiard balls roll, performers are moving. The hanging mobile looks like a fragile structure made of space junk. On stage, Julia appears as a chimera, Nele as a human-sized die, and Simone as a Joker. Then they disappear again.

“No Gambling” plays with repetition and morality, with ideas of addiction and desire. It looks for the magical in the everyday, the risk in the game. But what happens when the ice melts, the sand is re-distributed and the melon is eaten up – what is left for us to play with then?

Julia Häusermann is an actor and ensemble member of Theater HORA. In 2013 she was awarded the Alfred-Kerr-Darstellerpreis for her role in “Disabled Theater”, which was selected for the Berliner Theatertreffen. 

Simone Aughterlony is an independent artist, working predominantly in dance, performance and visual art contexts. They have been devising queer-spirited choreographic works over the last sixteen years. As a performer they have worked with artists such as Meg Stuart/Damaged Goods, Forced Entertainment and Jorge León, Phil Hayes amongst others.

“No Gambling” is the first performance Julia Häusermann and Simone Aughterlony have developed together.

Production credits

Featuring: Nele Jahnke, Julia Häusermann, Simone Aughterlony / Directors: Julia Häusermann, Simone Aughterlony / Theater Pedagogy: Anna Fierz / Music: Gérald Kurdian / Set design: Thibault Vancraenenbroeck / Lighting: Joseph Wegmann / Costume: Nathalie Pallandre / Dramaturgy: Jorge León / Technical director: Marie Prédour / Stage management: Jan Olieslagers / Lighting assistant: Marek Lamprecht / Sound: Nicolas Houssan / Production management: Omar Hallawi / Management: Marc Streit / Administration: Karin Erdmann / Photos: Maxi Schmitz

Production: Imbricated Real / Co-production: Festival Theaterformen, Theaterhaus Gessnerallee (Zürich), HAU Hebbel am Ufer (Berlin), Arsenic Centre d’art scénique contemporain (Lausanne), Tanzhaus Zürich / Funded by Kultur Stadt Zürich, Fachstelle Kultur Kanton Zürich, Pro Helvetia – Schweizer Kulturstiftung, Ernst Görner Stiftung, Landis & Gyr Stiftung, Stiftung Anne-Marie Schindler, Schweizerische Interpretenstiftung, Georges and Jenny Bloch Stiftung, Migros Kulturprozent Zürich, NATIONALES PERFORMANCE NETZ Coproduction Fund for Dance, which is funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media