This Is For Her


By Sofie Lebech

Where: Warehouse 9
When: Saturday, January 20, at 9.30PM + Sunday, January 21, at 2PM
Duration: 60 min.
Language: English
Price: 50-80 kr. Buy your ticket here.

THIS IS FOR HER is about torture and therapy. On stage are two women. A victim and a perpetrator. A patient and a therapist. Torture and therapy is for two. There is always another person. Torture is about destroying the trust in other people. It only takes a moment, but it takes a lifetime to get back to the everyday again. THIS IS FOR HER examines the torture moment and the victim’s lasting memory of that moment. It is a political and poetic reflection of the world that we think we already know.

THIS IS FOR HER is a research-based performance drawing on interviews with victims of torture, therapists and researchers done in Denmark and Argentina. The performance presents the different persons participating in the shadow play of torture.
Who is the person behind the victim and the perpetrator? Who were they before and who will they become after? The performance is divided in three parts. The first part focuses on the dictatorship in Argentina in the 1970s and 80s showing the long-term consequences of torture on a personal and societal level. The second part takes us to the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq reflecting on our current complicity in the execution of torture in armed conflicts far away. The third part takes us home discussing the effect of therapy for the victim of torture and the soldier coming home from war.

About Sofie Lebech
Sofie Lebech is a Danish director, performer and writer of scenic texts working solo and in collaborations. Since 2003 she has made numerous performances, research projects, site specific interventions, and installations. Some of the recurring themes in her work are the intersection between reality and fiction, and the relationship between spectator and work. Her artistic approach is research-based and interdisciplinary. She is currently doing an artistic PhD in Theatre and Performance Studies at The University of Copenhagen.

Performers: Sofie Volquartz Lebech og Katrina Bugaj
Idea, text and production:  Sofie Volquartz Lebech
Choreography and partner for discussion: Kasper Daugaard Poulsen
Composer: Pelle Skovmand
Light design: David Nicolas Abad
Scenographer: Sille Dons Heltoft Christensen
Director assistent: Nannan Chen
Dramaturg: Tanja Diers
Video: Søren Meisner

Experience THIS IS FOR HER because…

… it has a powerful text that gives you a terryfing indsight in the nature of torture. Do you dare?





Artist statement:

“THIS IS FOR HER is a research-based performance about torture and therapy. Earlier, torture was
something that happened to those poor victims who came to us and were treated, done deal. Now we do it, we don’t only treat it. THIS IS FOR HER examines the effect of torture on a personal and societal level: what happens to the victim and the perpetrator after the torture, and what does it mean that Western societies have re-introduced torture as a weapon in the so-called War on Terror? Independent performing arts make it possible to create a polyphonic space for political reflection and a poetic appropriation of the world that we think we already know.”