ANAM CARA - Mirror in the Mirror (2020)


Short film - in progress

We keep swallowing the time that we have.


ANAM CARA - Mirror in the Mirror is a collective co-created performance-based film about the concept of home, as part of the HOME cycle of collective performance operas by and with VestAndPage and the Anam Cara Collective.


Produced during the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic global lockdown in April and May 2020, Anam Cara - Mirror in the Mirror is a journey through an imaginary Mirror Palace, a home of sorts. In its rooms, we encounter the artists of the Anam Cara collective in performance action, rituals and poetic sharing about their notions of home. The Mirror Palace is a place of imaginary, where encounters and sharing continue to be possible despite distance, quarantine, isolation and insulation. Co-existence and co-creation happen here from and across Italy, Germany and Great Britain. What may the term "home" mean to us when we are forced to stay there, and when insecurity, unpredictability, disease and death are the denominators of this present moment? What can we speak about, and to whom? How can we keep up the collective spirit and act in hope and courage? The Mirror Palace is a place-non-place, where the invisible is made visible and vice versa. It has no inside or outside, but rooms and spaces that we recognise because they originate from the depths of our hearts.
The film is inspired by the surreal, fantastic book Der Spiegel Im Spiegel (The Mirror in the Mirror) by Michael Ende.

A production by VestAndPage and the Anam Cara Collective, 2020

By and with VestAndPage, Marilyn Arsem, Aldo Aliprandi, Marianna Andrigo, Giorgi de Santi, daz disley, Marisa Garreffa, Francesco Kiais, Fenia Kotsopoulou, Pavlos Kountouriotis, Ashley-Louise McNaughton, Enok Ripley, Sara Simeoni, Mauro Sambo, Matilde Sambo, Joseph Morgan Schofield, Marcel Sparmann, Susanne Weins, Sabrina Bellenzier, Giorgio de Battisti, Susanna Petternella and Giovanni Dantomio (We Exhibit), 2020.

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