TRIPPEL, by Aloun Marchal for SPINN



Contextualizing :

Medical definition of disability :

Medical sciences have defined what is a healthy human body in anatomical and functional terms. This definition is an idealization of the human body. As most of the ideals, this ideal can be damaging psychologically for people living in reality, here meaning having a real body. This is especially the case for those that have a body that differs more from the norms that this definition creates.

Social definition of disability :

Social sciences have proposed an other way at looking at the diversity that exists amongst the different human bodies and the norms applying to them.

In 1983, Marc Oliver has theorized the social model of disability arguing that nobody is disabled by essence, but that somebody can only be disabled within a context. For instance a wheelchair user is disabled when in front of stairs. Or a non english speaker would be disabled in front of this program sheet. Those two examples are quite obvious. It becomes more confusing in situations such as, let’s say, somebody with a big scare on his/her face that nobody would look at. Are we then creating a social context excluding that person ? can we say that this person is then disabled by the social context ? However, appearance of socials context disabling people very often comes down to whether there is a will of including people in their diversity or not.

I believe that it is extremely important that a diversity of bodies would have its place in our society and in the public space because that is what makes people used to diversity, get to approach it, know different people with different bodies and then feel better about their own unique body. The display of a diversity of bodies also fight a body normalization process going on in our western societies through fashion and advertisement, but also through clinical interventions routines. This normalization process of the bodies is creating extremely a lot of frustration and anxiety.


This evening program called TRIPPEL invites the audience to have a nice evening time with a community of performers incarnating this diversity of bodies. Stage is a public space and I believe that it is very important to have a diversity of bodies in that precise place. This is where the political weight of this evening program lies. There is no aggressive message on stage, or direct address of the normalization process going on because I believe that it would be counterproductive within this program proposition.

TRIPPEL is composed of three short pieces, a duo, a solo and a trio :

A duo called Kurvatur :

Kurvatur is the encounter of two women. Being alike or being different are the two poles of the magnetic power that fuels this duet.

Choreographed and performed by Malin Kaveryd and Emilia Wärff

A solo called ENKEL (simple) :

This is a solo of a man that can walk and a wheelchair. A wheelchair is psychologically very loaded. It helps people that cannot walk on their own, whether it is just for a moment, or for ever.

By breaking apart the wheelchair, that man unload that object from its psychological charge. And rebuild the wheelchair into an object that can co exist with him without imposing on him pictures of medical limitations, pain or misery.

Once this is done, they can co create a world filled with fantasy, poetry and humor.

Performed by Aloun Marchal

Choreographed by Aloun Marchal and Favela Vera Ortiz

A trio called TRIPPEL (triple) :

This trio is about proximity. It is an investigation into what it could mean to be close to someone.

The proximity is investigated in a very physical and experiential way.

Their proximity is the locomotive of the train of events, including pulling faces, hectic movements, mosquito smashing,small dance solos and staring at each other.

Performed by Gilda Stillbäck, Emilia Wärff, Aloun Marchal

Directed by Aloun Marchal