concepy and performance:
Madalina Dan, Agata Siniarska
sound, video, graphic design:
8th of October 2016, Studio Słodownia +3
Art Stations Foundation
by Grazyna Kulczyk
Konfrontacje Teatralne (Lublin)
Alfred ve Dvore (Praga)
Performance supported by Polish Institute in Bucharest.
Imagine the near future of two entities, artificial emotionalities – Fembot A.E. and Omnipresence – that proclaim their own state of matter. They are made of steel … Mothers of Steel. Altering 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. Mourning emotional identification with their long gone countries Poland and Romania, they claim a state of their own. A state where territories and female powers are boundless.
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 biopolitics – cultural/nationalem/otional identities - the project approaches todays post-bodies/technological paradigms and it is an attempt to entangle the personal with the artificial.
Mădălina Dan, maker and facilitator, studied at the Choreography Highschool in Bucharest and in the choreography department of the National University of Theatre and Film, where she also received her Masters in Play- Writing. She was a member of Oleg Danovski Ballet Company from 1998 till 2003. She was invited artist to 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 in 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 brought to the development in contemporary art in Romania. Works by Madalina Dan have been shown at 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. Latest collaborations together with: Sergiu Matis, Agata Siniarska, Tahni Holt, Mihaela Dancs, Alexandra Pirici.
Agata Siniarska makes works within formats of performances, events, practices, lectures, videos, others. Having given a chance to different kinds of theatrical forms, having studied choreography, currently she devises feminist fun studies and cultivates her yearnings for language and writing, cinema and animation in 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. Every action she makes, fueled by the energy of profound theoretical hesitancy, she approaches with passion and intense fascination, acting many times not alone but in the company of many exquisite adventures.