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10 Giugno 2022: 20.30 Teatro Dimitri, Verscio Prima 11 Giugno 2022: 20.30 Teatro Dimitri, Verscio -> 17.30 Tavola rotonda con Alzheimer Svizzera Ticino e Ginco Ticino 12 Giugno 2022: 18.00 Teatro Dimitri, Verscio 15 Giugno 2022: 20.00 Postremise, Chur 17 Giugno 2022: 20.00 Casino Theater, Winterthur -> 18.30 Tavola rotonda di discussione 18 Giugno 2022: 20.00 Theater Aalen, Aalen 23 -24 Giugno 2022: 20.00 Theater am Käfigturm, Bern 26 Giugno 2022: 19.00 Kultur und Kongresszentrum, Thun -> 17.00 Tavola rotonda di discussione 30 Giugno 2022: 20.30 Teatro Foce, Lugano 8 Luglio 2022: 19.30 Kulturhaus Helferei, Zürich 8 Luglio 2022: 22.00 Kulturhaus Helferei, Zürich NEW 9 Luglio 2022: 19.30 Kulturhaus Helferei, Zürich 10 Luglio 2022: 17.00 Teatro Dimitri, Verscio 13 Luglio 2022: 21.15 Teatro Comunale, Castiglion Fiorentino 15 Luglio 2022: 20.30 Civica Accademia d’Arte Drammatica Nico Pepe, Udine 19 Luglio 2022: 21.30 Venice Open Stage, Venezia


Directed by Volker Hesse


The text talks about two main themes: the increasing incidence of dementia in Switzerland and a theatrical production on Alzheimer’s directed by Volker Hesse. In Switzerland, around 146,500 people currently suffer from dementia, with 31,375 new cases each year. 66% of patients are female and 5% develop the disease before the age of 65. It is expected that by 2050, the number will rise to about 315,400 people. More than two thirds of patients in nursing homes in large Swiss cities have advanced dementia, usually caused by cerebral stroke, Parkinson’s disease or, more frequently, Alzheimer’s disease.


The Dimitri Academy, under the direction of Volker Hesse, has created a play that explores life in an imaginary clinic for Alzheimer’s patients. The production is based on the writings of gerontopsychiatrist Christoph Held, who stresses the need for a change in the way society sees dementia patients. The performance aims to pay tribute to patients, staff and family members through the expression of the body, voice and emotions.


Director Volker Hesse is known for his many acclaimed stage productions. The team involves different professionals in roles such as choreography, puppet making, music and more. The clinic staff faces difficult nights and emotional moments, while the performers portray a range of emotions and situations, from chaos to tenderness.


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