One grandmother had seven children; the other, nine. Both worked in the fields all their lives and prayed to God. Not much time has passed since then, and yet the life circumstances of Brussels-based artist Sarah Vanhee are very different. In her tragicomic solo performance Mémé (as she tenderly called one of her grandmothers), the performer and author explores the personal stories of her female ancestors. Puppets, objects and videos become co-performers as she reflects on the present, in contact with the past, with a view to the future. In West Flemish (her grandmothers’ dialect), Dutch and English, Vanhee, who specifically associates art with social action in her projects, speaks out in favour of intergenerational solidarity. An ode to all the grandmothers of the 20th century!
Concept, Text, Performance Sarah Vanhee Objects, Scenography Toztli Abril de Dios Sound Ibelisse Guardia Ferragutti Outside eye Christine de Smedt On-screen performance Leander Polzer Vanhee With the input of family Vanhee-Deseure
Production CAMPO Coproduction Wiener Festwochen, Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Brussels), Kaaitheater (Brussels), kunstencentrum BUDA (Kortrijk), HAU Hebbel am Ufer (Berlin), De Grote Post (Oostende), Festival d’Automne à Paris, Théâtre de la Bastille (Paris), Perpodium Residency KWP Kunstenwerkplaats (Brussels), Kaaitheater (Brussels), kunstencentrum BUDA (Kortrijk) Supported by Tax Shelter programme of the Belgian Federal Government via uFund
Premiere May 2023, Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Brussels)