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Sarah Vanhee

One grandmother had seven children, the other nine. Like many women of that time, both spent most of their lives ‘laboring’, in the two senses of the word: bearing and raising children; and working in the home and ‘on the land’ – always in service of others. Not much time has passed since then, and yet Sarah Vanhee’s life circumstances are very different.


In her tragicomic and multilingual solo performance “Mémé”, in which puppets, objects and videos become co-performers, the performer and author explores the personal stories of her female ancestors, as well as intergenerational solidarity. How does today’s world relate to those forgotten women of the past, and to the earth they cultivated? And how do we see them reflected in the women of today, whose labor and labor are still being exploited?

“Mémé” is an ode to those ‘invisibilized’ women of today and back then, to the earth, to life itself, both emotional and intellectual, to work and pleasure.

approx. 90 mins.

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Production: CAMPO. Co-production: HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Brussels), Kaaitheater (Brussels), Wiener Festwochen, BUDA (Kortrijk), De Grote Post (Oostende), Théâtre de la Bastille (Paris), Festival d’Automne à Paris, Perpodium. Supported by: Taxshelter of the Belgian Federal Government via uFund. Residencies: KWP Kunstenwerkplaats (Brussels), Kaaitheater (Brussels), BUDA (Kortrijk).
Participating artists
Sarah Vanhee (Konzept, Text & Performance)
Toztli Abril de Dios (Objekte & Bühnenbild)
Ibelisse Guardia Ferragutti (Sound)
Christine De Smedt (Outside Eye)
Babette Poncelet (Lichtdesign)
Geeraard Respeel und Babette Poncelet (Technik)
Leander Polzer Vanhee mit dem wertvollen Beitrag der Familie Vanhee-Deseure (Performance in Video)
Margaretha Ghyselen und Denise Desaever (Widmung)
Dates
April 2024
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