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Mothers of Steel (Poland/Romania)

Mothers of Steel (Poland/Romania)
November 5, 2016, 7.30 p.m.

Concept and performance: Mădălina Dan & Agata Siniarska

Dramaturgical assistance: Mila Pavicevic, Siegmar Zacharias

Sound and video: Diego Agulló

Production: Art Stations Foundation by Grazyna Kulczyk
Coproduction: Lubelskie Konfrontacje Teatralne, Alfred ve Dvore (Prague), Fabrik Postdam

Length:  60 minutes

„Imagine the near future where two entities, artificial emotionalities - Fembot A.E. and Omnipresence - 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 from origins to ends, from wires to flesh, from data to memory, from face to interface.  Mourning the emotional identification to 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 question 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/national/emotional identities – the project approaches today’s post-bodies/technological paradigms and it is an attempt to entangle the personal with the artificial.” (Mădălina Dan & Agata Siniarska)



Mădălina Dan is the associate artist of the National Centre for Dance Bucharest in 2016 and was awarded at the CNDB Awards 2015. She initiated and produced several performances, debates, dance workshops. For her constant presence on the Romanian dance stage and for being one of the major artists of the new generation of dancers and choreographers, Mădălina Dan was awarded for her contribution to dance and performance through workshops, creation laboratories and mentoring projects.

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, and 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.



This event is part of "RE//Dance", the pilot edition of the Regional Choreography Biennale, curated by Iulia Popovici, and by Marta Keil and Goran Injac, as co-curators, which will take place between November 1 and November 6, 2016, and will include shows and performances from Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Romania.


East European Performing Arts Platform/EEPAP (Poland) is the co-organiser of the first Regional Choreography Biennale, and Mladinsko Gledališče Ljubljana (Slovenia) is the institutional partner.


All the events in “RE//Dance” – the Regional Choreography Biennale will take place at the Stere Popescu hall on Mărăşeşti Boulevard 80-82. The tickets for the shows and performances cost 25 lei (full price) or 15 lei (reduced), while the entrance to the connected events (“How to Make a Biennial Festival with 100 Euros and 1.000.000 Euros”, the EEPAP round table and Agata Siniarska’s lecture) is free.


Tickets can be purchased online from or from the Stere Popescu hall before the show.