Mémé is a solo performance by Sarah Vanhee, with guest appearances by puppets, ghosts and a child. An intergenerational, multi-layered and plurilingual work about the relationship to the ancestors, to the (native) soil and to the female body, starring the spirits of Vanhee's West Flemish grandmothers who – like many women of that time – 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.
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 forgotten women of today, whose labor and labor are still being exploited?
It is an ode to those ‘invisibilized’ women, to the earth, to life itself, both emotional and intellectual, to work and pleasure. Mémé is a ritual attempt by Vanhee to bring her grandmothers back to life, re-connect, repair, and then – differently – say goodbye again, in a time without boundaries.
Mémé will premiere at Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Brussels on 12, 13, 14 & 16 May 2023