Participatory performance about the body for children 6+
and their adult companions


With PELLE we invite chil­dren and adults to dis­cov­er the body togeth­er in a play­ful way. It is an inter­ac­tive per­for­mance, address­ing the top­ics of inti­ma­cy, prox­im­i­ty, care and respect, that you can expe­ri­ence through touch.

A pos­si­bil­i­ty to slip into some­one else’s skin and a plaidoy­er for a mean­ing­ful human con­tact in a tech­nol­o­gy-focused and increas­ing­ly dis­con­nect­ed world.

In PELLE the chil­dren take over the reins and lead the adults into a space, in which they find three blind­fold­ed dancers in a scenery of skin-like objects. Through a com­mon move­ment game, sus­pend­ing the bor­ders between the per­form­ers and the audi­ence, we try to imag­ine how our life would look like if we were more aware of what our bod­ies and the bod­ies around us need.

The body is the pro­tag­o­nist of PELLE. It is also a medi­um, allow­ing us to take a clos­er look at the rela­tion between chil­dren and grown-ups. In an inti­mate atmos­phere, we inves­ti­gate touch as a means of com­mu­ni­ca­tion, giv­ing us the oppor­tu­ni­ty to go offline, tune-in and enjoy our time togeth­er as a tem­po­rary community.

“Pelle” opens up pre-lin­guis­tic worlds with mute and ten­der offer­ings: we sit in cir­cles on arti­fi­cial skins close togeth­er, as if we had nev­er been strangers. 

Viereinhalb Sätze, Matschke, 26 February 2019

… Zinola hat wieder gezaubert. 

O‑Ton Kultumagazin Zerban, 24 February 2019

by Alfredo Zinola
with: Tatiana Saphir, Felipe González, Alfredo Zinola
Dramaturgy: Mateusz Szymanówka
Visuals: Moran Sanderovich
Light: Marek Lamprecht
Production: Micaela Kühn Jara
Thanks to: Geraldine Gau

A pro­duc­tion by: Alfredo Zinola with tanzhaus nrw sup­port­ed by Take-off: Junger Tanz and HochX Theatre and Live Arts.

Funded by: Kulturreferat der Landeshauptstadt München, Ministerium für Kultur und Wissenschaft des Landes NRW and Kunststiftung NRW. Supported by Tanztendenz München.

Practical Info:

  • 3 Persons on tour + 1 tech­ni­cal personel
  • 6 hours set-up
  • The per­for­mance can be adapt­ed to spaces with var­i­ous sizes as well as to non-the­atri­cal spaces
  • Age of the audi­ence: 6+, the per­for­mance is aimed at an audi­ence of chil­dren and the adults that accom­pa­ny them