This performance of Katie Duck and Sharon Smith is a joined venture of two women who are survivors, mothers, who love and carry on, who go deep in feelings and yet running the distance. In fact this is a performance of three women, two of which are mothers, three of which dressed in bikini for the show, as a tribute to a fourth woman.
Coming to think of which, the show is a performance containing plenty of women, who wrote songs without ever getting credited for, who were or are moms regardless of being thanked, who weren’t or couldn’t be moms, who were the invisible hand, who were not ashamed of their feelings, their bodies, their roles…
- Concept, creation and performance: Katie Duck, Sharon Smith
- co-creation and lights: Emese Csornai
As Sharon Smith writes:
The inexpressible is contained inexpressibly in the expressed.
The title was a combination of ‘abandon ship’ and some sort of ‘you can’t run away from yourself’ reality check. Somehow, ‘being human’ is what we are stuck with.
The curse of the human must be all these feelings.
Having a child is a most vivid, unbearable emotion… Irretrievable loss. You cannot put them back in, once they have torn themselves from your belly via vagina or scalpel, they set in motion a certain grief… a slow, life-long, death-looming loss. They leave you and leave you and leave you. And that is your job. To help them do just that.
The love is so strong that you can deal with their shit, their piss, their selfishness and their hatred… of you.
Katie and Sharon have daughters. It’s a woman thing. They have shared a friendship that has grown into family feelings over twenty years. This work seemed to explode all that, all those… feelings… all over the stage.
A soundtrack contains the action. It is haunted by female song writers who we love shamelessly and who we want to be in the room with us. There are others, but of course there is not enough space or time in one room (however grand) to include all the awesome women who wrote songs that speak through us and to us, in the work… in the life.
The performance took place at Dock11 in April 2017.
Photographs of the performance by Izabela Pacewicz-Wysocka
I am excited to invite you to my new performance, Stranger. It will take place 23-26th of February at Dock11 theater. If you want to see the participants, check out the indiegogo campaign we have launched!
In the meantime the trailer is out here.
Please find more information and ticket reservation on the corresponding link of Dock11.
Another series of events not to be missed in early April are a workshop with Katie Duck, and the performance together with Sharon Smith too.
Shortly before that I will be lighting Jenny Haack’s project, ‘Jitter-fragile-minor’.
Just the week after ‘Abandon Human’ with Katie Duck and Sharon Smith, I will light Julyen Hamilton and Barre Philips’ performance, ‘The duo now‘.
In the first glimpse I recognize your hands. Slowly I notice your gestures. In her presence I see myself standing there. With her I see the other. Together, “you” and “I” are strangers.
I see you again, and your eyes, in which I encounter the self and recognize a stranger. How many times can we meet one another in one encounter? With this piece an encounter between two people is presented, in which various fragments of gestures, surprises, and playfulness between two are explored.
This is the first piece I directed and showed in Berlin. It is a Multi-disciplinary dance performance.
The performance is dealing with two strangers meeting each other, and how such an encounter can change the life of both participants. The same meeting is introduced from different angles on different levels over and over again. The more levels we meet the story, the more apparent it becomes that meeting a stranger is our best chance for understanding our motivation and character.
This is a playful but critical piece related to the self in context of actual politics and cyber environments, and how fulfilling certain roles take away from our experiencing the world surrounding us. Perhaps solidarity as a term in some cases could be replaced by curiosity or self-interest.
The performance premiers on the 23rd of February 2017 at Dock11, and is made with the help of Dock11, Tanzfabrik, and Wiesen 55e.V.
Trailer can be seen here
Spoiler can be seen here
23-26th of February 2017
After-talk moderated by Theaterscoutings:
25th of February
- Choreography and dance: Mikel Aristegui, Silvia Bennett, Annapaola Leso
- Composition and music: Gabor Csongradi, Georgi Sztojanov
- Direction and light: Emese Csornai
- Assistant director: Joao Cidade
Made with the support of: Wiesen55 e.V., Tanzfabrik, Dock11.
Many thanks to Maya M. Carroll and Manuel Perez Torres
Stills taken from the video registration by Mime Centrum: