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
Combining skilfully crafted choreography and sharp humour, TAME GAME explores the human tendency to meddle. Three male dancers set up a cheeky and exuberant world in which they test their self restraint and subvert the conventions of performance. The audience is invited to play along and be complicit in their witty game.
This work served me as a chance to explore how to compose music. The first track, Myself & Yourself explores how to create a piece that would sound like music, but not necessarily be one. For this track I created the sound material using a grand piano and drum kit and I play around the idea on how to present unpleasant noises to an audience in a way where they do not understand them as such. The second track, Fused & Rendered, juxtaposes the first track. A love song.
‘Clever and engagingly off-beat.’ THE TIMES
‘A focused, witty performance, completely confident in its comic timing and its characterisation. BLOOM! look as though they’re going places.’ ✭✭✭✭ THE INDEPENDENT
Created and Performed by: Csaba Molnar, Igor Urzelai and Moreno Solinas
Composer: Alberto Ruiz Soler
Guest Musicians: Joaquin Sanpedro (guitars & vocals) & Pablo Barrio Fernández (drums)
Lighting Design: Seth Rook Williams
Design: David J Harris
With Thanks to: dialeLa, Alicia Clarke, Jitka Tumova, Azzurra Ardovini, Phil Sanger & Viale s.r.l.
Nominated for the Rudolf Laban Award 2011 for best Hungarian dance production
Finalist of the Premio Equilibrio 2014 Rome
Selected for the Italian touring network Anticorpi XL 2014/15
Selected for NID Platform 2015