hate me, tender


«Solo for Future Feminism» is the subtitle of the newest solo HATE ME, TENDER by Teresa Vittucci - a research on hate and feminism. In her work Teresa Vittucci scrutinises one of the culturally most important female figures: the Virgin Mary. With a gentle violence Vittucci begins to unravel the queer potential of a figure which is culturally seen as epitome of purity, innocence and perfection, icon of the compassionate woman and mourning mother. Revered and given the function of Mother of God by church authorities, she has been criticised by the feminist movement as a role model full of female stereotypes. Vittucci wants to liberate her, emancipate her and rehabilitate her in her ambivalent role of unconditional love and as the ambassador of a queer feminism.

Free the stage for the matriarch Mary and the power of her vulnerable crusade!


concept and performance Teresa Vittucci

dramaturgical advice Benjamin Egger, Veza Maria Fernandez, Rafal Pierzynski

scenography Jasmin Wiesli, Teresa Vittucci

production manager Kira Koplin groundworkers

production OH DEAR Zürich

co–production Tanzhaus Zürich, Theaterspektakel Zürich

SPECIAL THANKS to  Julia Haenni, Simone Aughterlony and Jasmin Wiesli


co–production partner Tanzhaus Zürich, Zürich Theaterspektakel

Developed in the frame of PREMIO competition for Theater and Dance

Espacio do Tempo Montemor

Migros- Kulturprozent

Pro Helvetia

Ernst Gönner Foundation

HATE ME, TENDER has been awarded with the Swiss Dance Prize 2019.