Mothers of Steel @ Theatre de Vanves

Mothers of Steel by Mădălina Dan and Agata Siniarska is a show that questions the social and cultural mechanisms related to the public and private display of emotions.

"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 exami-nes 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)

Concept & performance: Mădălina Dan & Agata Siniarska

Dramaturgical assistance: Mila Pavicevic, Siegmar Zacharias

Sound and video: Diego Agulló

Production: Art Stations Foundation by Grazyna Kulczyk, 2016

Coproduction: Lubelskie Konfrontacje Teatralne, Alfred ve Dvore (Praga), Fabrik Postdam

Length: 60 min


Mădălina Dan, maker and facilitator, studied at the Choreography Highschool and the choreography department of the National University of Theatre and Film "I.L. Caragiale” in Bucharest. She was a member of the Oleg Danovski Ballet Company from 1998 until 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 Centre for Dance 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.

Agata Siniarska makes works within formats of performances, events, practices, lectures, videos, TV programs and others. She is interested in knowledge that explores various mediums, protocols, strategies of its own production and does not apply any hierarchy to itself. These are all the detours, twists, turns through knowing and confusion: from aliens, imaginative blobs, slime molds, sweat, scientific facts, air particles, discourses, affects, personal dramas, gossips, zeros, thoughts, inner speeds, transplants, women – all knowledge that seeks not to explain but to involve.

The performance will be presented on the 6th of April, during the Ardanthé Festival which takes place between 19th of March and 13th of April @ Théâtre de Vanves, France.