About Shown and Told

Often playful, but always with an underlying serious intention, Shown and Told is a cleverly quirky, thought-provoking duet on the theme of communication.

The Herald

Understatement and mastery combine in the performance.

Der Standard

Shown and Told is a dynamic but fragile performance collage built from studio improvisation, balancing fixed material and possibilities for free-play. Arising from an exchange between choreographer and dancer Meg Stuart and writer and performance maker Tim Etchells - one of the founders of Forced Entertainment - it exposes the very different practice and sensibilities of these two artists, exploring the relationship between movement, image and performing bodies. Working with vivid and surprising images, some of them physical, some of them linguistic, the two performers develop a conversation that is tough, touching and comical by turns.


Meg Stuart is a choreographer and dancer who lives and works in Berlin and Brussels. In collaboration with her company Damaged Goods she has realised over 30 productions, moving freely between the genres of dance, theater and visual art. Tim Etchells is an artist and a writer based in the UK whose work shifts between visual art, performance and fiction. He is the leader of the world-renowned Sheffield-based performance group Forced Entertainment. After having collaborated on texts for her pieces for many years, Shown and Told is Tim’s first joint creation with Meg Stuart.


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Created and Performed by Tim Etchells and Meg Stuart
Light Design: Gilles Roosen
Costumes: Annabel Heyse
Technical Coordinator: Tom De Langhe
Light: Tom Bruwier
Production: Damaged Goods (Brussels)

Meg Stuart and Damaged Goods are supported by the Government of Flanders and the Flemish Community Commission.

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