Sarah Vanhee

  • Thu 05.12
    20:00 - 21:30
  • Fri 06.12
    20:00 - 21:30

A recognizable narrative about the silent suffering of women

In the solo performance 'Mémé,' performer Sarah Vanhee summons the spirits of her two deceased grandmothers. Through their life stories and with guest appearances by puppets, spirits, and a child, she paints a picture of a society that drastically changed over a hundred years in terms of women's emancipation.

Like many women of their time, Vanhee's grandmothers worked for the majority of their lives. They had to both bear and raise children while working in the fields. They were always in service to others. How does today's world relate to these forgotten women of the past and to the earth they cultivated? And how do we see them reflected in today's forgotten women, whose labor is still exploited?

Mémé is an ode to these 'invisible' women and to life itself. Vanhee brings her grandmothers back to life to reconnect, restore, and then bid farewell again, in a time without boundaries.

Human encounter

"Mémé is a rich reflection that will be recognizable for many families" - ★★★ De Standaard

"An ode to two grandmothers gives them the attention and love they missed" - ★★★★ NRC

Concept, text & performance: Sarah Vanhee - objects & scenography: Toztli Abril de Dios - sound: Ibelisse Guardia Ferragutti - outside eye: Christine De Smedt - lightdesign: Babette Poncelet - technique: Geeraard Respeel & Babette Poncelet - performance on screen: Leander Polzer Vanhee - with the precious input of family Vanhee-Deseure - dedicated to Margaretha Ghyselen & Denise Desaever - production: CAMPO - co-production: Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Brussels), Kaaitheater (Brussels), Wiener Festwochen (Vienna), BUDA (Kortrijk), HAU Hebbel am Ufer (Berlin), De Grote Post (Oostende), Théâtre de la Bastille (Paris), Festival d’Automne à Paris & Perpodium - with the support of the taxshelter of the Belgian Federal Government via uFund - residencies: KWP Kunstenwerkplaats (Brussels), Kaaitheater (Brussels) & BUDA (Kortrijk)