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Fri 3 - Sun 5 May  |  Multiple performance times | Vane Gallery (Gateshead)

je suisse (or not)

By Collettivo Treppenwitz / Camilla Parini

Place of Origin: Switzerland

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Experience a personal tapestry of memories, family and identity with renowned Swiss artist Camilla Parini. je suisse (or not) invites audiences on a one-of-a-kind journey. Through fragmented photographs, playful storytelling, and a surprising polar bear encounter, Camilla explores the complex threads that weave our sense of self. 

Are we defined by our memories? Where do we truly belong? je suisse (or not) delves into these questions with humour, vulnerability and a touch of the fantastical.

This intimate exploration takes place multiple times per day and is for one audience member to experience at a time. 

Watch je suisse (or not) trailer

Artist biographies

Collettivo Treppenwitz is co-founded by 6 associated independent artists who live in the Italianspeaking part of Switzerland and work in constant synergy within and outside the regional borders.

Camilla Parini - one of the artists in the Collective - pursues her own authorial practice that moves between theatre, performance, photography and installation, placing at the centre of her research a multifaceted reflection on identity and its vulnerability.

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by and with: Camilla Parini
artistic collaborators: Francesca Sproccati, Anahì Traversi, Simon Waldvogel
dramaturgical support: Jessica Huber
photos and video: Amos Pellegrinelli, Francesca Sproccati
graphics and printing: Complice Press, Lugano
technique: Alessandro Macchi


Production Partners 

production: Collettivo Treppenwitz
co-production: far° Nyon and Südpol Luzern as part of the Extra Time Plus programme in collaboration with: LAC Lugano Arte e Cultura, Cima Città

Supported by

with the support of Pro Helvetia - Swiss Foundation for Culture, DECS Republic and Canton Ticino - Swisslos Fund, Ernst Göhner Foundation, Landis&Gyr Foundation, Edith Maryon Foundation, Johnson Foundation, City of Lugano, Municipality of Agno

Dates: Fri 3 - Sun 5 May 2024
Pick Your Time: This performance has several performance times. Choose the one that works best for you when booking your ticket.
Duration: 30 minutes 
Age guidance: 14+

Vane Gallery
Orbis Community 
65 High Street 

This experience is for one person at a time. There are multiple performances  each day. Please choose your preferred performance time when booking your ticket.


Ticket information

There are three ways to experience GIFT:

  • Individual Performance Tickets £12-£8 
    Want to pick and choose which events you attend? Individual tickets are available for each performance, priced between £12 and £8 for concessions. 


  • GIFT Festival Pass £50 (£40 early bird pass)
    This pass gives you access to ALL GIFT events happening across the festival. It's the best value if you want to see everything.

    Pro-tip: A limited number of early bird passes are available for only £40 in March, so grab yours before they're gone!

  • Pay What You Decide Tickets
    GIFT is committed to making the festival accessible to everyone. There's a "Pay What You Decide" option for every event. Any amount you can contribute is greatly appreciated and goes directly towards supporting artists, our community workshop programme and the future of the festival.

By attending GIFT, you're directly supporting the development and presentation of new artistic works in Gateshead.

Any questions?
If you need any help booking tickets or have any questions about the festival, feel free to drop an email to

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