14.10.202120:00KVS, BrusselsKVS BOL
15.10.202120:00KVS, BrusselsKVS BOL
16.10.202120:00KVS, BrusselsKVS BOL
'One day they will listen to me, a woman.'
The inequality between genders has been festering away throughout the course of human history, from time immemorial up to this day. Amidst a number of crises that threaten the survival of our planet and species, women are yet again paying the highest social and economic price. Following a familiar pattern, multiple expectations – of mothering, parenting, caregiving, nursing, housekeeping – are escalated and foisted upon us. It is through such forms of gendered and undervalued labour that femininity is traditionally defined, patrolled and measured up against.
The performers from diverse backgrounds, including Mitrović herself, act as mediums attuning to and channeling voices of sisters dispersed across the gulfs of history, geography, ethnicity, and culture. In the liminal space between a world which has already ended and another yet to begin, they are an unlikely girl band celebrating female strength, resilience, determination, and guts to speak – and sing – one’s own pain.
New original music by Belgrade-based composer Marija Balubdžić binds together a multitude of individual perspectives. Taking as inspiration music from various Balkan regions, especially its female chants and specific rhythms, Balubdžić leaps off the signature elements of such traditional styles to forge them into slivers of glistening electronic avant-pop, broadcast from somewhere decidedly off the radar, otherworldly and resistant to categorisation.
Through the form of performative practice as communal and immediate as a music concert, Demeter Calling summons up the corporeal, the sensual and the affective, foregrounding nuances of the relationship between mother and child, and, in a wider sense, the perils of female survival.