Pain and I | Art Installation | Sarah Hopfinger

Pain and I | Art Installation | Sarah Hopfinger


‘Pain and I’ production still: Image copyright Tiu Makkonen ​

Dates: Monday 4 March – Thursday 21 March (not Friday – Sunday)

Times: 10:00 – 20:00 (18:00 on Thursdays)

Location: Dance Base, Meeting Room by Reception

Price: Free and unticketed, the installation will play on a loop so please just pop along and stay as long as you would like


From artist and performer Sarah Hopfinger, Pain and I is a bold examination of Sarah’s lived experience with chronic pain, exploring the rich complexities of her life and asking ‘‘what can pain teach us?”

This immersive art installation will be running for three weeks, including Sarah’s week as our Artist in Residence (11 March – 15 March).

The installation is part of Sarah Hopfinger’s wider work on Pain and I, all of which invites audiences to reflect on what it means to care for our bodies, ourselves and each other in times of personal and collective pain.

A powerful, honest and compelling work designed by Rachel O’Neill, with graphic design by Michaela Pointon and Images by Brian Hartley.

Produced by Stories Untold Productions.


Promotional image from ‘Pain and I’

You can also join Sarah for a special workshop looking at some of the practices she used in creating Pain and I. The exercises have been particularly designed to embrace diverse bodies, disability, and those with chronic pain. However, the workshop is open to all curious about moving gently. No previous dance experience is required.

More about Pain and I

Pain and I is created and performed by Sarah Hopfinger, with music and sound design by Alicia Jane Turner

Produced and presented with funding from Creative Scotland’s Touring Fund for Theatre and Dance and Made in Scotland.

This digital graphic score is part of Pain and I: a diverse body of work by Sarah Hopfinger that includes a live performance, an audio experience, a graphic score with digital and printed versions, and an immersive installation.

Pain and I is currently on tour in Scotland. 

Pain and I premiered at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2022 at Summerhall as part of the Made In Scotland Showcase, and has also been shown at Take Me Somewhere, The Place, The Roundhouse, Festival Quartiers Danses (Montreal) and Dundee Rep.

The team of people working on Pain and I across all mediums are:

Created, choregraphed, written, performed by Sarah Hopfinger

Music & Sound Design by Alicia Jane Turner

Graphic Score design by Rachel O’Neill & Michaela Pointon, images by Brian Hartley

Dramaturgy by Laura Bradshaw and Jer Reid

Stage Managed by Lucy May Wilson (Fringe 2022)

Produced by Stories Untold (Scottish Tour 2023-24), Laura Fisher (Fringe 2022)

Film by Lucas Chih-Peng Kao

Installation Design by Rachel O’Neill

Production images by Tiu Makkonen

Pain and I is funded by Creative Scotland through The Touring Fund for Theatre and Dance & Made in Scotland. Supported by The Work Room, The Place, Battersea Art Centre, Platform, Take Me Somewhere and Tramway.