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«The hand is a lonely hunter» – Katja Brunner [CH] at Proyecto Prisma [AR/CL]

Switzerland, Argentina, Chile — Events

This work by Katja Brunner, a sound fiction in 4 episodes, is an urgent and poetic call for solidarity, beyond standardizations. A polyphonic declaration of war on all hegemony of interpretation and ideals of femininity. Feminine or feminized corporeality, often so painful, takes the floor here. At the same time, it bears witness to inadequacies and wounds, to renunciation and withdrawal to a place without words. 

In its first presentation at Teatro del Puente [CL], «The hand is a lonely hunter» by Swiss author Katja Brunner, makes an urgent and poetic call for solidarity, beyond standardizations. The 4-episode sound fiction places itself as an apolyphonic declaration of war against all hegemony of the interpretation and ideals of femininity, testifying to the insufficiencies and wounds of resignation and withdrawal to a place without words. 

«The hand is a lonely hunter» is part of the «Proyecto Prisma» collection, curated and produced by Malena Solda and Valeria Kovadloff. The initiative proposes the reflection and dissemination, from a gender perspective, through the production of fiction, diffusion of texts, and debates carried out by specialists in virtual multimedia format, showing different dynamics and ways of interacting in the face of such a significant and relevant topic for everyone. 

The play is available on «Proyecto Prisma»s website until 20.06.21. You can hear it clicking here.


Interview with Katja Brunner, author of «The hand is a lonely hunter», conducted by the Sound Fiction’s actresses, at Teatro del Puente, in January 2021. A dialogue about the creative process, feminism, the relationship between dramaturgy and staging, translation, and the differences between Europe and South America. 


For the translation of this work, Carla Imbrogno was supported by the Société Suisse des Auteurs (SSA) and a residency grant from the Looren Translators House and Pro Helvetia. 

This Sound Fiction premiered in January 2021 as part of the SANTIAGO OFF International Festival.


Translation: Carla Imbrogno 

Direction: Daniel Marabolí 

Cast: Catalina Saavedra, Javiera Mendoza, María José Pizarro 

Audiovisual Technique: Pablo Mois 

Production:I gnacio Tolorza 

Executive Production: Teatro del Puente 


Katja Brunner was born in 1991 in Zurich, Switzerland. She studied creative and stage writing at the University of Bern, and at the Berlin University of the Arts. In 2010, in Zurich, her first play “Too short the legs”, a risky and radical writing about child abuse, was premiered. For her body of work, Brunner received numerous awards, including the Mülheim Playwriting Prize, the most important award for German-language playwriting. 

Her latest performative text, «The hand is a lonely hunter» premiered in 2019 at the Volksbühne Theater in Berlin. 

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