In the context of discussing about audiences for the contemporary dance and performance, this collaboration between Madalina Dan and Agata Siniarska, Mothers of Steel (Poland/Romania), is a breath of fresh air - I would not be afraid to invite young and seasoned people to this show. There is only one condition: come with an open mind. There is no place here for bigots, nationalists or any other sticklers.
The show was an opportunity for me to reflect on national pride. Where does it come from? What justifies it? What fuels it? How do we use it? How do others use it? Is national pride ridiculous? Understandable? Relevant today? Relevant for other people? My conclusion? History is cause for crying. Humanity seems unable to learn anything ever. Which is why the artists needs to irreverently and subversively stick their tails in, addressing leaders and masses alike: look at the larger picture, get your heads out the trash bin of history, and use them for what they were meant to.
Ranging from a technique of breathing-moving-repeating that leads to the question what was there first, the crying or the movement, to the (post)communist jokes, Madalina and Agata use a diversity of artistic and expression means organized in three (football) "half times". At the end, the public is clapping at a tiebreak performance, Romania-Poland 1:1. Everybody wins (but do not think it is that easy, however).
*I am a little bit nationalistic, Romania had to be first in the title
a text by Dany Kozak