Simone Truong

Fungi Care

21 April: 19:30 SIMONE - FUNGI CARE

if there is no resistance, you cannot lean into anything

Concept, Choreography, Performance: Simone Truong - Music, Performance: Martina Buzzi aka Harmony – Project management, conceptual support: Linda Zobrist - Costume: Mariana Grünig – Dramaturgy/2nd year mentor: Catalina Insignares – Text support: Simon Fröhlich – Voice sound: Manolo Müller - Outside Eye: Anna Massoni – 1st year Mentor: Stefanie Wenner – Amsterdam food artist: Anna Kooi

Fungi Care has been created in co-production with the Gessnerallee Zurich and in partnership with the association Grünhölzi. The production got supported by the city of Zurich, province of Zurich and Solothurn, the Ernst-Göhner-Stiftung and the DAS graduate school Amsterdam.

Many thanks to my peers of DAS choreography, my partner Peter von Bartheld, my children Oskar and Milan, my mother-in-law Bam Nyst and the family van Hulzen/Breure.


I am the daughter of people who crossed the sea to give me a better life. I am a sister who has learned to part and to share. I am a mother of children whom I care for. I am a lover who tries not to let go in the overwhelming exhaustion. I am an artist trying to survive. I am a friend who is too far gone…

As the night falls, the self disappears, and the perception increasingly shifts inwards. The cold darkness of the dusk enters the body.The unspeakable is tangible.We invite you to let go of the illusion that we are independent, surrender to our own vulnerability and take care of each other in good times and in bad times! 

The DAS graduate school kitchen is inhabited by a hybrid landscape of entangled cables, connecting multiple loudspeakers on the floor and an uncanny food installation. Within this environment, I close my eyes and I carry, hold, catch, lean and speak to ghostly presences around myself. My subject is displaced and decentralized by constantly shifting address in speech and physical presence. Together with the electronic musician Martina Buzzi, the voice manipulator Manolo Müller, the food artist Anna Kooi and the dramaturg Catalina Insignares, we search for connection within a community that encompasses more than humans. 

Will we catch each other when one of us falls?

The performance Fungi Care takes us into a world of transition between the past, the now, and the future. In this dreamy in-between world, our vulnerability is revealed and we perceive ourselves all the more clearly as an element in an invisible web of interdependence. Fungi Care comes from a moment of desperation, a callout for transformation. It’s a form of resistance: Sinking into the soil, where it’s dark, a world that is sometimes caring, sometimes cruel, where mycelium surrounds and entangles everything. Fungi Care looks at the dark side of care and seeks to create hope for change within and around us. 

I will carry you home when you fall asleep.

Fungi Care is a project that deals with the topic of care and seeks to learn from fungi, which play a unique role in the ecosystem. In symbiosis with plants, they exchange food, convey information within their network and can thus be understood simultaneously as caregivers, care receivers and mediators within a community. In a society that outsources, privatizes, and makes care invisible, Fungi Care responds with gentle resistance. It advocates for an understanding of care as an inherent principle of life that extends beyond the human social fabric and forms the heart of a resilient ecosystem.

Sometimes I wish you would die. It would relieve me from my burden and for sure yours as well.

I am Swiss born (*1983) with a migration background from Southeast Asia (Vietnam/China), based in Zurich. Since my Bachelor’s program in Choreography at ArtEZ in Arnhem in 2007, I have been working in the field of contemporary dance, holding various positions and perspectives, mainly as a choreographer and performer of my own works. My pieces are co-produced with the Gessnerallee Zurich and have been shown at various international festivals in Europe, Australia and Israel. Other perspectives in the field include the position of curator of the festival TanzPlan Ost (2015-2020), assistant of Jérôme Bel (2012-2017), sounding board of the festival Steps 2021, jury member of the Swiss Dance Days 2024 and dancer for Isabel Lewis, Jérôme Bel, Elpida Orfanidou, Cie Brandstätter/Gerbes, Philippe Saire and Liquid Loft/ Chris Harring, among others. 

The first 10 years of my career I focused on building a portfolio and network, doing residencies and touring. I was embedded in a precarious and at the same time privileged European circle. When I became a mother, everything changed. From being supposably “free”, a little being was suddenly completely dependent on me. When I became a mother of two children, I experienced exhaustion to the extent that I didn’t know where to go from there. At the same time, I had two parents that reminded me daily of the obligation that a daughter, especially of migrants, has. I looked around and I saw more loneliness, exhaustion, depression, destruction and extinction, beyond the human realm. This experience made me painfully realize something I already felt slumbering in me before: that we are not self-possessed beings; the common narrative of our times. At the same time, in 2017, I began to extend my artistic practice into permaculture by engaging in the community garden Grünhölzli, initiating a 4000 square meters food forest project  and foraging and cultivating fungi. The combination of my private experience and my permaculture practice showed that our care system seems to not have the capacity to handle the consequences of our so-called “freedom” and that it was time within this dead-end to look beyond the human. That was the moment when Fungi Care was born. 

My work blurs the boundaries between art and life. They are aesthetic experiences, social acts and political activism at the same time. They are careful and at the same time uncomfortable. They are a poetic journey into the inner world in order to gently confront the outer world.