Dance in the Kitchen!

There were two contemporary dancers who became mothers. During the early years of motherhood they spent a lot of time in the kitchen. Now they are back on stage and they took the kitchen with them.

Dance in the Kitchen!

Mánudagur, 11 Apríl 2011 08:42

kitchen1Scene from Two Ladies in the Kitchen (To Say Nothing of the Banana). Photo: Rünno Lahesoo

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There were two contemporary dancers who became mothers. During the early years of motherhood they spent a lot of time in the kitchen. Now they are back on stage and they took the kitchen with them.

Text: Ida S. Wullum

Two Ladies in the Kitchen (To Say Nothing of the Banana) is a contemporary dance performance inspired by the kitchen as a function in the house and as a social phenomenon.

Triinu Aron is the producer of the project and she points out that the kitchen has gone through a dramatic development the last years:

”The role of the kitchen has changed a lot; 100 years ago the kitchen was a place for cooking and eating. Now it has developed into a community place, and with all the cooking shows and pop star chefs it also has developed into a performing place.”

“Now it has developed into a community place, and with all the cooking shows and pop star chefs it also has developed into a performing place”

The performance is inspired by the connotations the kitchen has. The audience has interpreted the project in several ways. Many have especially focused on the gender aspect: ”Many people in the audience interpreted the performance not as a story about kitchen, but about gender and the role of the woman in the kitchen. This was however not our main intention, but it is interesting that this also became an important part of the project,” Aron says.

The idea for the performance was triggered by the choreographers Mari Mägi and Kaja Lindal. Both mothers with an extensive experience in the kitchen. The idea developed and they gathered an international artistic team with members from Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Germany and Estonia to produce the performance.

Two Ladies in the Kitchen (To Say Nothing of the Banana) is something different and very refreshing. And that´s one of many reasons why it is so important to work internationally within the arts”

Aron points out that the international touch turned out to be of a great importance for the performance. Two Ladies in the Kitchen (To Say Nothing of the Banana) has been described as fun, humoristic and playful. This was very important for us, as contemporary dance performances often are very serious. The local audience in Estonia could really sense that there was an international team behind this project. Kitchen is something different and very refreshing. And that´s one of many reasons why it is so important to work internationally within the arts”

The project has until now been performed in Estonia, but the team aims for a European tour. The feedback in Estonia has been exclusively positive and Two Ladies in the Kitchen (To Say Nothing of the Banana) has been rated as one of the eight best performances among Estonian dance performances during the last two years.

Learn more about the project at Two Ladies in the Kitchen (To Say Nothing of the Banana)´s blog.

Two Ladies in the Kitchen (To Say Nothing of the Banana) has received support from the module for Production-based activities.

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