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
When you skip down the street or turn on the spot for no reason; when you stamp your feet in rage or throw your arms in the air in joy… Have you ever wondered ‘is this a dance’?
Eva Recacha and Lola Maury of LAVAELO, explore this question by letting their bodies take the lead, and imagination run riot through playful games and endless questions. Expect energetic movements and abrupt pauses, whales, dinosaurs, turning planets and talking computers in absurd situations! with a bit of contemplation on the side.
This is a show for anyone who has ever found joy in mindlessly moving to music like nobody’s watching.
Commissioned and coproduced by The Place. Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.
The work exists in 2 different versions, English and Bengali, and it is currently being translated into French and Spanish.
Co-choreographers: Eva Recacha & Lola Maury
Sound design: Alberto Ruiz Soler
Lighting Design: Ben Moon
Set and Costume design: Kate Lane
Performance: Eva Recacha & Lola Maury
Co-writers: Alberto Ruiz Soler, Eva Recacha, Lola Maury, Michael Crowe
Children’s Voices: Unai Ospina Recacha, Arin Ospina Recacha Education Consultant and Exhibition Curator: Michael Crowe
Production Manager: Chris Burr
Producers: The Place & Lavaleo