In Peachfuzz Claire Lefèvre embraces Radical Softness as a performance strategy and a form of resistance. This piece is a celebration of tenderness and vulnerability, a choreographic caress and a care practice, and a warm invitation to relax your jaw and let your shoulders melt.

In close collaboration with sound designer Zosia Holubowska, Claire Lefèvre proposes ways of being together in an intimate space, where the audience's gaze sways gently between the performer and the ceiling, where soundwaves massage and seats rock, where velvety voices tell stories which converse with, and listen to, one's inner dialogue. A small group of guests is tenderly guided through a warm and fuzzy trip, during which delicate dances stroke the space languorously, fluffy blankets cocoon the skin and hot chocolate follows you on your way out.

Radical Softness is a concept which was first imagined by artist Lora Mathis, as a response to patriarchy's discomfort with anything overly-sensitive and vulnerable, anything emotional, anything which associates itself with femininity. It is about finding power in one's soft-heartedness and refusing to be de-sensitized. Claire's research is a translation process, transposing Radical Softness into a sensory and tactile experience. It is an attempt to move (in) the space as a supple and hyper-sensitive body. It is also a practice of pinning down the exact moment when her heart melts and putting it in writing, as well as an ongoing commitment to being dramatic, hyper-feminine and hyper-emotional.

This work is a co-production of C.A.K.E. and brut Wien. It is supported by Im_Flieger, Tanzfabrik, MA7 (Wien Kultur), BKA, Nadalokal and Huggy Bears.


Concept and performance Claire Lefèvre 

Sound design Zosia Hołubowska 

Costume Alex Franz Zehetbauer 

Dramaturgy Andrea Salzmann 

Outside eye Jacopo Lanteri 

Production mollusca productions

pictures by Franzi Kreis