There seems to be a certain ambivalence between past and present in the former Eastern Bloc countries today. The collapse of the communist regimes led to unknown richness for few, poverty for many and an ideological vacuum for the majority. The shortfilm "MAMA" starts out in the Tristesse on a run-down tower block of the soviet era, but this cliché scenario rapidly is overcome. The focus concentrates on the intimate relationship of a young man with his blind mother, expressed by dancing: the internationally acclaimed Lithuanian dancer Andrius Stakele tries to get his mothers attention, while she is cleaning dishes and preparing dinner or listening to the TV, whose wrongly configured screen she doesn`t notice. Everything happens in the close surroundings of the apartment.
Using “deconstruct and reconstructive" dancing movements, “MAMA” joints the intimacy of this microcosm. The physical exertion with soundfull breathing noises of her son provides reassurance and localization to the mother. Intense closeness also generates conflicts. This general principle certainly can be transferred to the political life of Lithuania. The connection between mother and son in all their vulnerability acts as an allegory of a political confrontation in a country where, despite all the promises in the process of democratization, nowadays resignation takes presidence . The conflict-ridden forming of identity of the dancer, combined with self-conscious reflection on personal characteristics, acts as a parable on the situation of a generation. The younger well educated generation vigorously strives for real opportunities and new forms of expression.
PS; I apologize myself on Vimeo the sound much quieter than designed!
Resident artists at QSS Bedford Street, Majella Clancy, Jennifer Trouton and Angela Hackett talk about relocating from the original Queen Street Studios and what the move will mean for their work. For more information on QSS Bedford Street visit queenstreetstudios.net