With motherhood as a point of departure, Aftermath explores the sense that ‘something is over’ and questions what comes next.
During the making of the show, Recacha carried out an outreach programme for mothers and their small children, immersing herself again in that period of early childcare and its impact on the mother’s sense of identity and agency.
Inspired by Recacha’s own experience of motherhood and the social isolation that can accompany it, Aftermath questions what it means to live in a ‘post-everything’ world – post- feminist, post-truth and now post-time. The show imagines a world where the characters are dead, where change is no longer an option and no future awaits. Is motivation possible in such a world?
The audience is seated within the performers’ arena. They are part of the dancers’ journey and yet they are not directly involved. Aftermath comments on our reluctance to act in the face of certain situations, and on the normality of this passivity.
“giddy, ridiculous and amusing two-hander”
“Eleanor Sikorski and Charlotte Maclean weave patterns of wit and absurdity in Eva Recacha’s quietly radical show”
“The pair heat up to a giddy, edge-of-madness energy reminiscent of early French and Saunders.” – The Guardian
“It’s perfect casting with Sikorski as the acerbic, calculating wit and Mclean as the mercurial creative force; their two trajectories start on a fragile thread and fuse together to the point of familiarity and mutual admiration.”
“With its cross between The Private Life Of and Monty Python, Aftermath is as much an exploration of ennui as a picture of the divergent elements of artistic endeavour.” –
Writing About Dance
Coreography: Eva Recacha in collaboration with Charlotte Mclean and Eleanor Sikorski.
Sound design: Alberto Ruiz Soler
Lighting Design: Jackie Shemesh
Set and Costume design: KASPERSHOPHIE
Performance: Charlotte Mclean and Eleanor Sikorski
Co-writers: Charlotte Mclean, Eleanor Sikorski, Eva Recacha
Dramaturg: Simon Ellis
Production Manager: Emma Wenlock-Bolt
Producer: Johnny O’Reilly
Because I Can is a delicate solo made by Eva Recacha in collaboration with performer Lauren Potter and sound artist Alberto Ruiz Soler, visiting notions of power, memory and growing old, and exploring the theme of value in relation to gender and age.
The piece is a poetic stream of consciousness where memories flow in and out of our grasp, leaving a delicate scent of nostalgia and loss. The audience witnesses the performer revisit various memories, her presence becoming an ode to a quiet yet liberating rebelliousness that turns intimacy into a tower of power.
“Extraordinary, a truly amazing contemplation on women’s visibility”
“Touching, poetic, funny, and resonating performance”
Performance: Lauren Potter
Sound and Light design: Alberto Ruiz Soler
Text: Lauren Potter, Eva Recacha and Alberto Ruiz Soler.
Voices off: Lauren Potter, Lottie Pendlebury, Molly Pendlebury
Dramaturgical Support: Amanda Recacha
Production Manager: Ben Moon
Producer: Eva Recacha
Eva Recacha has been selected as one of the Twenty23 Aerowaves artists with Because I Can.https://aerowaves.org/news/meet-the-twenty23-artists/ The work will be presented at the Festival Spring Forward 23 in Dublin.