Team

Jessica Huber – Lead Artist.

Jessica Huber works as an artist in the field of the performing arts and is a founding member of mercimax (since 2005), a theatre group and performance installation collective, based in Zürich. She has recently been collaborating with Alexandre Doublet, Ant Hampton and Laurent Kropf and has been showing her own work since 2006. Although most of her early pieces have been dance pieces, her recent work and the forms and formats she chooses, have become more diverse. As a performer she has worked with companies such as the Stadttheater St Gallen, Cie. Estelle Héritier, Cie. Hideto Heshiki, Cie. Philippe Saire and PiccoliProduction. She graduated in 2002 with a BA (Hons) in Dance Theatre, Dance Science and Choreography from the Laban Centre London and the City University of London.

Jessica works with curiosity and has a special interest in the texture of relationships and in how we function as individuals in society. She regularly gives Workshops to professionals and non-professionals (different social groups) and has created dance pieces with elderly people. She deeply enjoys diversity and is fascinated by the many possible aesthetics of exchange. In her work with mercimax she has been regularly working with non-professionals (in the sense of not having any stage experience) as the work has often had a documentary quality to it.

In 2010 she was awarded the “Anerkennungspreis Tanz” of the City of Zürich; 2012/13 the Berlin residency/atelier scholarship provided by the Canton of Zurich. Berlin offered her luxurious time and space – and therefore experiences that were of great value to her and which she feels very grateful for. Together with the theatre collective mercimax she was awarded the Cultural Theatre Prize of the City of Zurich 2012 (for the Gegenüberstellungs-series). mercimax used the prize (money) to travel to Beijing and do research for their latest piece Autoballett.

Jessica is Young Associated Artist at Gessnerallee Zürich 2015/2016.

James Leadbitter (the vacuum cleaner) – Lead Artist.

the vacuum cleaner is one of the most significant and exciting artists working in the UK today. Blurring the boundaries between art and audiences and between performance and politics, the vacuum cleaner’s work not only gets people thinking about things, but actually doing things to effect social, cultural and political change.
Lois Keidan, Director, Live Art Development Agency

the vacuum cleaner is an art and activism collective of one. Working across form: including performance, installation and film, the vacuum cleaner addresses challenging and taboo issues such as consumerism and mental health. From one-man shows to large-scale participatory actions, his approach is both subtle and extreme, but always candid, provocative and playful.
His work has been exhibited internationally and commissioned by: Tate Modern, ICA and Nottingham Contemporary.
His films have been commissioned by BBC4 and Channel 4.
He co-founded the Laboratory of Insurrectionary Imagination (2004 – 2009) and is an Artsadmin Artist.

Gabriela Rutz – Designer.

Ramin Mosayebi – Designer.

Yvonne Dünki – Administration/production.

Miriam Haltiner – Administration/production.

A production by: J&J, in co-production with: Gessnerallee Zürich and Festspiele Zürich, Südpol Lucerne, Roxy Theater Basel, Théâtre de L’Usine Geneva.

Supported by: Stadt Zürich Kultur, Fachstelle Kultur Kanton Zürich, Pro Helvetia, Prärie Migros Kulturprozent.