Samir Akika’s production ›Me&myMum‹ opens, in true independent film style, to David Bowie’s song ›Heroes‹. What follows is a chaotic, ingenious mishmash of mother images. ›Me&myMum‹ is the second part of a trilogy about growing up. Following his internationally successful production, ›Extended Teenage Era‹, Akika now looks with humour, passion and a sure feeling for life’s peculiarities, at the complex relationship between mother and child. The work plays radically with clichés and stereotypes – gives solid ground to strong emotions. Facing up offensively to critical confrontation with arguably one of the most formative of all human relationships, the performers offer us – in sometimes absurd and grotesque episodes – an insight into their own personal histories.
›Me&myMum‹ is dedicated to Akika’s mentor and the ›mother‹ of German dance theatre, Pina Bausch.
Samir Akika is a choreographer, director, curator, and producer. After starting dancing at a relatively late age, he studied at the Folkwang Academy in Essen. Since then, he works as a freelance dancer and choreographer and is now closely associated with the Theater im Pumpenhaus in Munster. Alongside his highly regarded stage productions for adults, he also realizes projects worldwide with young people in collaboration with, amongst others, the Goethe- Institut.
In 2009 he was awarded a three year funding grant for outstanding independent dance artists in NRW (Spitzenförderung) and in the same year, founded ›Unusual Symptoms‹ with his long-term production partner Alexandra Morales.
Direction: Samir Akika
With: Pablo Bottinelli, Gabrio Gabrielli, Darwin Diaz, Alexandra Morales, Nora Ronge, Gertrud Rudhart, Lotte Rudhart, Antonio Stella
Dramaturgy/assistence: Vincent Bozek
Outer eye: Gregor Runge
Dramaturgy research: Anna K. Becker
Set: Gabor Doleviczényi, Robert Kaltenhäuser, Henri Unsenos
Video: Aaron St., Stefan Hinze
Light design: Marek Lamprecht
Light: Tilo Schreieck
Sound: Florian Spiegel-Schmidt
Organisation/management: Alexandra Morales, Gregor Runge
Duration: 100 Minuten
Dedicated to Pina Bausch
Production: Samir Akika/Unusual Symptoms
Co-production: Theater im Pumpenhaus Munster
Supported by: City of Munster and the Ministry for Families, Children, Youth, Culture and Sports of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia
Photo: © Ralf Emmerich