Beatrix Simkó (HU) – Jenna Jalonen (FI): Long time no see!

2018 Apr. 20.

Beatrix and Jenna were born in isolated European countries. They have the same amount of muscles and bones. They are movers, acrobatics, both comfortable with steam and water. Women of the Y-generation. Blonde and brunette. Nordic and Central-European. One’s ancestors lived under the Turkish empire, the other under the Swedish. One drinks pálinka and the other Koskenkorva. Almost sisters. Not quite.

Long time no see! is a research project about common roots and isolation, social similarities and peculiarities. It dives into meaning of words and metacommunication, actions and reactions, the space between an understanding and a misunderstanding, as sisters, as cousins.  A performance by a Hamburg-based Hungarian and Brussels-based Finn that explores the curious and familiar aspects of two distinct cultures albeit common roots.

Is the commonality of isolation responsible for creating the strong characteristics that bind both languages and societies? When the language of the body is so rich is a common language needed for communication? How do social similarities and differences simultaneously separate and bring us together? How can we define sisterhood?

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