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Mothers and Daughters Memories

A Danish-Israeli performing arts experiment exploring whether documentary theatre is more ‘trustworthy’ because it is based on memories, and whether the claim “memories are objectively true” is reliable.

The experiment tested the credibility and the “validity of truth” of memories in different experimental setups where mothers and daughters separately recall joint significant episodes. Afterwards the joint memories were studied in order to identify their credibility regarding time, place, gallery of characters and emotions.

An experiment  developed by ISABELLE REYNAUD and ORIT NAHMIAS at Laboratoriet BoraBora, Aarhus. October 2012

The Mothers and Daughters Memories Experiment is an investigation of some of the components of documentary theatre. An investigation of memories, stories and truth. It is also research for an Danish-Israeli performance project about mothers and daughters.

3 Israeli actresses with their mothers (2 of them alive, 1 in memory), and 1 Danish actress with her mother meet at Laboratoriet to dive into their shared stories and memories. But is there an objective truth when we talk of memories? What makes a memory – or a story – sound true?

Why is it that theatre audiences are fascinated by documentary theatre? Why do they want to see people on stage who are not actors, who are telling their own stories? Real people, or what Rimini Protokoll call ‘experts’. Why does it seem more credible when memories are so elusive?

With: GITTE KIELBERG, a Danish actress, and her mother MARGOT KIELBERG; AYELET ROBINSON, an Israeli actress, and her mother ESTER ROBINSON; ORIT NAHMIAS, an Israeli actress and her mother GALIA NAHMIAS; DANA RUTTENBERG, an Israeli choreographer, and the memory of her mother who passed away in 2001;
GITTE SKYTTE, Danish dramaturg, and STEFFEN JOST PEDERSEN Danish – video documentation.