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
A duet about memory and touch and consent.
Two women delve into their personal and shared memories. They reveal their histories of tactile encounters with people, places and environments – the funny ones, the weird ones. The really not so good ones.
It’s a sometimes joyful, sometimes confronting experience as we go on a journey with the performers. Sometimes their words come tumbling out and connect with our own stories. Sometimes there is nothing to say. Then their bodies do the speaking.
Physical contact holds communities together. What do we lose when this disappears?
This new dance piece will bathe you in sensation, washing over you and through you – in focus, or drifting. It was imagined long before Covid-19 changed our understanding of touch and how people connect with each other. And yet, here we are, re-learning how to relate socially, physically and emotionally. Rebuilding our sense of ourselves.
“Written in the Body is a gentle, quietly intelligent probing of our experience of the world via our bodies, skin and hands.”
“I felt like I was watching a piece about my future – two women with more experiences than me, coming to terms with their stories and sharing them with us. Frank and open and beautiful.”
“I really felt something click within me. This performance was truly a visceral experience.”
Concept & Direction: Charlotte Spencer
Performance: Petra Söör and Louise Tanoto
Sound: Alberto Ruiz Soler
Dramaturgy: Orrow Amy Bell
Design: Bethany Wells
Costume: Shanti Freed
Lighting: Marty Langthorne
Producing support: Pip Sayers & Lou Rogers
Photography & Film: Rosie Powell
Audio Description: Shivaangee Agrawal
BSL: Katie Fenwick
Concept & Direction: Charlotte Spencer
Performance: Dan Daw, Louise Tanoto
Photography: Zoe Manders
Creation 2022: Co-commissioned by Brighton Festival, Sadler’s Wells and South East Dance with funding from Arts Council England. Additional support from University of Sussex. Co-presented for Brighton Festival with Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts.