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Aftermath

In 2015 Eva initiated a research called Afterlife/My Other Life, with residencies at The Place, the Wellcome Reading Room, and the Manchester Metropolitan University. During this research she conceived the idea for Aftermath, a new full-length work commissioned by Sadler’s Wells that will premiere at the LBS in 2018 and tour throughout 2019.

Brief footage of R&D in the studio during Choreodrome 2017 as The Place.
Performers in the research:
Kwame Asafo-Adjei
Charlotte Mclean
(please note that the cast for the work has changed)


Aftermath is a surreal dance duet set in limbo, where two women suffer from eternal boredom and lack of acknowledgement.
 It is a full evening dance piece made with a creative team that has worked with me before.
 The work is conceived as a means to relate to current issues such as the idea of ‘Post-everything’ (post-feminism, post-truth, post-idealism, post-humanism) and what that means to us as individuals with particular experiences of value, justice, agency, or the lack of those.
 In ‘an imagined world’ where the only option is to be resilient, what is our motivation for being so? Is motivation possible in a post-truth era? Aftermath substitutes the idea of post-truth for the idea of post-time. The characters are dead. No change is possible. No future is waiting. And yet we wish to do something, but what?
 The work emerges from experiencing motherhood and the social isolation that can come with it. The piece is not about motherhood, rather about that sense that 'something is over', and what then?


The piece casts two women and is directed by a woman.
 Text is a central part of the work, as is movement, both devised by the performers and the choreographer together.
This will be Eva Recacha's third full evening work. It will build on her choreographic practice to date, delving deeper into her key concerns: political theatre, skepticism, the role of the performers as individuals, text as part of the choreographic fabric, the politics of performance in terms of who acts under who’s command, under what premises, and for who or for what?

Eva envisages a series of vivid scenes dramaturgically separate. The materials at work (movement, live and pre-recorded text, light and costume, generating different landscapes of silence, emptiness, void, or abundance (mostly pointless abundance). Eva is interested in achieving this without a narrative-led logic, activating the concept of absence.




Eleanor Sikorski working on text ideas during summer 2017





Performances of Aftermath (work in progress):

Scratch Performance
13th September 2017
Performers: Kwame Asajo-Adjei, Charlotte Mclean
See the video here: 


2017


My work is an exploration of the poetics of the body, expressed through movement and voice; the two physical and perceivable occurrences produced by our body that generate meaning.
My choreographic enquiry has to do with creating form and meaning through likely and unlikely interactions of sound and movement, thought and action, sign and occurrence. 
My current project is called The Afterlife: a very accomplished failure. Afterlife will be a cluster made of vivid yet minimal scenes, mostly quite absurd.
My language has always embraced the absurd, my subject matters the pointless, the ephemeral, and the perpetual.
Afterlife has been on R&D since 2015. A number of avenues have been explored, and more than a hundred people have been looked at or listened to. About a hundred chairs have been employed in different tasks on different locations and a dozen artists have kindly joined at different stages of the process. 
So far the thanks extend to The Place, The Wellcome Reading Room, the Manchester Metropolitan University, Axis Centre, LCDS, and the artists; Lola Maury, Alberto Ruiz Soler, Eleanor Sikorski, Emilia Gasiorek, James Morgan, Antonio de la Fe, Hamish Macpherson, Janine Proost, Manuela Sarcone, Daniel Persson, Celina Liesegang, Giorgia Pirozzi, Jose Tomás Torres Vásquez, Despina Patsika, Marcell Proske, Elena Reilent.


       
Dancers in the video: Emilia Gasiorek, James Morgan, Janine Proost, Celina Liesegang.

2016 PROJECTS

My Other Life (previously Afterlife, Skydaddy and 50 chairs)

Research at the Wellcome Reading Room
Wellcome Trust, January-May 2016
Interviewing strangers at the Wellcome Reading Room I meet some really wonderful people. 'My Other Life' Research and Development period commences.
Posted by Eva Recacha on Friday, 22 January 2016
'moving furniture' @Wellcome Reading Room
'moving furniture' @Wellcome Reading Room





















Research and Performance with MMU students
Manchester Metropolitan University, February 2016
Axis Arts Centre, February 2016






















The Wishing Well performances in 2016

29th May 2016, Arc for Dance Festival, Athens (Greece)

Wishing Well - Trailer from Martha Pasakopoulou on Vimeo.

23rd March 2016, Δημοτικό Θέατρο Καλαμαριάς (Tessaloniki, Greece)





11th February 2016, Axis Centre (Crewe, Manchester)





2015 PROJECTS

AFTERLIFE or SKYDADDY

Choreodrome Research Images













Initiator:
Eva Recacha

Work and Performance by:
Alberto Ruiz Soler
Eleanor Sikorski
Antonio de la Fe
Hamish MacPherson
Celina Liesegang
James Morgan
Manuela Sarcone
Emilia Gasiorek
Daniel Persson
Lola Maury
Janine Proost



























R&D for AFTERLIFE starts in the studio this summer at Choreodrome at the Place with a wonderful team of artists.

Meanwhile, I am working from home, using Hamish MacPherson's research game METAFORM:

2014 PROJECTS

THE VERY HUMAN BEING (II)- CSC Bassano del Grappa


Residency at Centro Per la Scena Contemporanea Bassano del Grappa with Simon Ellis.

























A human being as a commodity.
See him dance for you.
See him fulfil your desires.
He's at your disposal.
He's at your mercy.

Supported by Centro Per la Scena Contemporanea Bassano del Grappa, The Place, Modul Dance.

Previous R&D at the Place:

Eva Recacha project - some brief dancing from Simon Ellis on Vimeo.



EASY RIDER - The Place


Easy Rider - Trailer from Eva Recacha on Vimeo.

Easy Rider reflects upon faith, tradition and delusion. Eva Recacha looks at the human compulsion to engage with superstitious beliefs and practices in the pursuit of happiness. Creating a concoction of religion, customs and self-help manuals.
In Easy Rider, Eva draws on first-hand observations of ritualistic behaviour in her native Spain. Much like her Place Prize Finals 2013 piece, Easy Rider is a theatrical rite, an unraveling of the pure essence of our need to belong. It reflects our own beliefs and passions in a raw and haunting way.

Review:  Conviction and Daring in Eva Recacha's Easy Rider
Visit: Easy Rider blog

This event is part of Spring Loaded 2014. Visit The Place website for more details and to book tickets.
‘Recacha is a talent to watch’ londondance.com

Credits:
Concept and Choreography: Eva Recacha
Sound Art: Alberto Ruiz Soler
Text: Eleanor Sikorski
Lighting: Jackie Shemesh
Design: Kasper Hansen
Performers: Antonio de la Fe, Lola Maury, Alberto Ruiz Soler, Eleanor Sikorski.
Production Manager: Marco Cifre
Costume Supervisor: Sophie Bellin Hansen

Easy Rider. Photo Camilla Greenwell

Easy Rider. Photo Camilla Greenwell

Easy Rider. Photo Camilla Greenwell

Easy Rider. Photo Camilla Greenwell










WILD CARD - Sadler's Wells Theatre




Choreographer and twice Place Prize finalist, Eva Recacha presents the second Wild Card evening on Thursday 27 March. She curates and presents an evening entitled Dear Devil exploring themes of authority, power, subjugation and rebellion. This programme aims to question our perception of how we relate to one another in different arenas, specifically opening a debate on how the dance world deals with hierarchy and the division of roles between dancers and choreographers. Originally from Spain, Recacha has established herself as an emerging artist with a distinctive voice. She has been commissioned to create work for Edge, DanceXchange, Bloomberg SPACE and the Opera Estate Festival in Veneto.
Recacha’s evening features work from emerging dance makers including the UK premiere of a new duet by Colin, Simon and I; a new film installation and live performance by the collective Dog Kennel Hill Project (Ben Ash, Henrietta Hale and Rachel Lopez de la Nieta) who recently presented Tug on a canal boat at Dance Umbrella 2013; and Recacha’s own 2013 Place Prize piece The Wishing Well, featuring the soloist Martha Passakopoulou.

Review: http://exeuntmagazine.com/reviews/wild-card-eva-recacha-dear-devil/
Eva Recacha. Photo Camilla Greenwell

Dog  Kennel Hill Project. Photo Camilla Greenwell

Colin, Simon and I. Photo Camilla Greenwell

Eva Recacha/Dancer Martha Pasakopoulou. Photo Camilla Greenwell