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
We started with wanting to change the world with a performance. We felt like idiots
‘One of the most stunning, innovative, bold, daring, clever, funny and sexy shows I have seen in years.’ ✭✭✭✭✭ THE QUOTIDIAN TIMES
‘Unmissable! A simple but immersive performance that defies all initial expectations and explanations.’ ✭✭✭✭✭ EVERYTHING THEATRE
‘Idiot-Syncrasy is a warm, fabulous and funny show, but it also makes us vividly and unsettlingly aware of the altered states that we and the dancers can undergo during the course of a performance.’ ✭✭✭✭ THE GUARDIAN
Created and Performed by: Igor Urzelai and Moreno Solinas
Artistic Associate: Simon Ellis
Voice Coach: Melanie Pappenheim
Lighting Design: Seth Rook Williams
Sound: Alberto Ruiz Soler
Costume & Set Design: Kasper Hansen
Costume Supervision: Sophie Bellin Hansen
Photographer: Alicia Clarke
Nominated for the National Dance Awards 2015
Nominated for the Total Theatre Awards 2015
Aerowaves 2015 priority company
Part of British Council Showcase 2015