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Matilda Bilberg (Sweden), Jenna Hendry (Switzerland)

Sat 23 Sept | 8 pm – 9 pm
National Center For Culture & Arts (NCCA)

Matilda Bilberg (Sweden), Jenna Hendry (Switzerland)

National Center For Culture & Arts (NCCA)




Based on the motif of an embrace, Matilda Bilberg and Jenna Hendry explore how far they can act out intimacy on stage without it becoming a private situation. Driven by a desire for closeness and connection, they carry and let themselves be carried through a journey of various sensations by attentively listening to the other‘s body and by exploring the boundary between “you” and “me”. This search for a tender equilibrium creates a fascinating intensity.

In close proximity to the audience, Bilberg and Hendry take up contact with the spectators through an intimate gaze – offering them the opportunity to become aware of their own senses. In these current times of physical distancing, I U M I perfectly addresses the public’s need and desire for closeness and intimacy.

”The courage to relate to other human beings, the capacity to risk one’s self in the hope of achieving meaningful intimacy. Intimacy requires courage because the risk is inescapable.
Like a chemical mixture, if one of us is changed, both of us will be.”
– Rollo May (The Courage to Create).


Sat 23 Sept 2023 | 8 pm – 9 pm


National Center For Culture & Arts (NCCA)

Entry is completely free! 

It’s first come, first serve and we are expecting to fill out fast so get down early!

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Concept and dance: Jenna Hendry, Matilda Bilberg

Dramaturgcal advice and outside eye: Sabine Hass-Zimmermann

Music: Alex Zampini

Light design: Maria Ros

Costume: Karen Petermann

Film: Peter Kadar

Graphic design: Cagdas Cakmaktas

Photography: Arthur Tainturier

Coproduction Fabriktheater Rote Fabrik Zürich

With the support of Stadt Zürich Kultur, Fachstelle Kultur Kanton Zürich, Ernst Göhner Stiftung, Swedish Arts Grants Committee.

Residency partners: Tanztendenz München, Rum för Dans / Teater Halland, Tanzhaus Zürich

Thanks to David Zambrano, Emeric Rabot.

This performance was made possible at IDEA festival with the support of: 

Stories of the makers

Jenna Hendry and Matilda Bilberg are two young artists who share an interest in the phenomenon of touch in the context of dance. Striving for authenticity and equality between non-performance and performance both are fascinated by the potential of communication through the physical body.

They have been collaborating together since 2017 and I U M I is the first dance piece they presented together.

The piece premiered in 2019 at Fabriktheater Rote Fabrik Zurich (CH), toured in Warsaw (PL), Västerås (SE), Schaffhausen (CH), Lucerne (CH) and Lausanne (CH) and was part of the Aerowaves Twenty 2021 selection.

Come and meet Jenna Hendry and Matilda Bilberg at a Contemporary Dance Workshop on Thursday 21 Sept, 2023.

Jenna Hendry

Jenna Hendry (she/her) is based in Zurich and has been freelancing as a dance artist since 2015, currently collaborating with Yasmine Hugonnet, Cocoon Dance, Lyn Bentschik and bollwerk. Next to the co-creations I U M I and I’ll be back, she created the short piece Mmmh?! (2018), which was selected for Tanzfaktor 2020, a Swiss national tour for five promising up-and-coming artists, and Aerowave’s 40 Winks 2020. In 2020 Jenna received a cultural award in the section dance by the city of Zurich.

She is teaching professional contemporary dance trainings and is part of BewegNungsraum, leading weekly dance meetings at the Federal Asylum Center Zurich.

Matilda Bilberg

Matilda Bilberg (she/her) is based in Stockholm and has been freelancing as a dance artist since 2013, working for a.o.Live art collective MELO, Cristina Caprioli, Satoshi Kudo, Linda Forsman, Helena Franzén, HDN Studio and Julia Kraus Dybeck.

Her own work includes the solo Track of time with composer Torbjörn Grass (2015), a collaboration with the audiovisual artist Ionnalee for the film and live tour Everyone Afraid to be Forgotten (2018), the short piece BYN (2021), as well as IUMI (2019) and I’ll be back (2021) in collaboration with Jenna Hendry and UTOPISISTAS. Matilda is doing her Master in Choreography at Stockholm University of Arts at the moment.

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