As part of the Bazaar Festival in Prague, Agata Siniarska and Mădălina Dan will present their performance Mothers of Steel. The presentation will take place on Friday, 17 March 2017 (6 pm) at the large stage of the Alfred ve dvoře theatre. This project is an investigation into the phenomenology of tears that touches upon many themes ? memory, history, death, happiness, fragility, innocence, strength, futuristic ontologies, etc. It puts into questions the social and cultural mechanisms related to public and private display of emotions. Contrasting personal statements with iconic scenes of crying in Eastern European context, it examines how emotions are manifested in different situations, and why we (or we do not) express them publicly. Within narratives concerning our bio-politics ? cultural/national/emotional identities ? the project approaches today?s post-bodies/technological paradigms in an attempt to entangle the personal with the artificial.
Imagine two entities in the near future, artificial emotionalities, named Fembot A.E. and Omnipresence, that can determine their own state of matter. They are made of steel? They are Mothers of Steel. Alternating historical facts with future narratives, they travel back and forth in time with the help of human genetics and impersonations from origins to ends, from wires to flesh, from data to memory, from face to interface. First mourning emotional identification with their long-gone countries Poland and Romania, they then proclaim a state of their own. A state where territories and female powers are boundless.
concept and performance: Mădălina Dan, Agata Siniarska
dramaturgical assistance: Mila Pavicevic, Siegmar Zacharias
sound, video, graphic design: Diego Agulló
production: Art Stations Foundation by Grażyna Kulczyk
Konfrontacje Teatralne (Lublin)
Alfred ve dvoře(Prague)
Mădălina Dan, maker and facilitator, studied at the Choreography Highschool in Bucharest and at the choreography department of the National University of Theatre and Film, where she also received her Masters in Playwriting. She was a member of the Oleg Danovski Ballet Company from 1998 till 2003. She was an invited artist at the Herberger Institute, School of Dance (Arizona State University) in 2009, and in 2008 she received the danceWEB scholarship in Vienna. She studied at HZT in the MA program ?Solo/Dance/Authorship? (2014-2016). Along the years, she has been an active member of the contemporary dance community in Romania, at the National Dance Centre in Bucharest, teaching and developing educational and social programs. In 2015 she received a CNDB award for her contribution to the development of contemporary art in Romania. Works by Madalina Dan have been shown at the Springdance Festival Utrecht, Tanzquartier Wien, Balkan Dance Platform ?Novi Sad, eXplore Dance Festival ? Bukarest, Temps d?Images ? Cluj, SouthBank Center & Chisenhale Dance Space- London, Fabrik Potsdam, Hebbel am Uffer ? Berlin, TanzFabrik Berlin, Dance Theater Workshop ? New York, Firkin Crane ? Cork, Alta Theater ? Prague and others.Herlatest collaborations include Sergiu Matis, Agata Siniarska, Tahni Holt, Mihaela Dancs, Alexandra Pirici.
Agata Siniarska makes works within formats of performances, events, practices, lectures, videos, others. Having delved into different kinds of theatrical forms and studied choreography, she currently devises feminist fun studies and cultivates her yearnings for language and writing, cinema and animation within the scope of her practices. She is a founding member of female trouble – a friendship based collective revolving around identity, body, feminisms, pleasure, affirmation and love. Addicted to fiction, she conducts her investigations, fashioning herself as a tool of rhetoric through the cultural structures inscribed to her. Fueled by the energy of profound theoretical hesitancy, each of her initiatives is pervaded with passion and intense fascination, frequently infused by the company of many exquisite adventures.
The third edition of the Bazaar theatre and dance festival presents performances and works-in-progress by artists primarily from Central, Eastern and Southern Europe. The motto of this year?s festival is MORE THAN NATION. The festival will open with the Slovenian Mladinsko Theatre?s controversial yet internationally acclaimed performance Damned Be the Traitor of His Homeland! by radical post-Yugoslav director Oliver Frljić (Ljubljana), which will mark the first ever presentation of one of the acclaimed works of this director in the Czech Republic. As in the past, the festival?s climax comes with the Saturday Bazaar, a survey of excerpts from upcoming dance and theatre projects from the Czech Republic, Poland, Germany, Israel, Slovakia, and other countries. Over the course of three jam-packed festival days, audiences can access a broad range of progressive and thematically controversial works, accompanied by presentations, workshops, and public discussions. The events will take place at Prague?s Alfred ve dvoře (whose production company Motus is main festival organizer), Studio Alta, and Studio Hrdinů.
Please find the details about the program and tickets below: