Choreography, concept: Raimonda Gudavičiūtė

Dramaturgy, concept: Ingrida Gerbutavičiūtė

Dance: Raimonda Gudavičiūtė, Elias Haun

Film: Sebastian Heindorff

Assistant: Laura Ellinghoven

Graphic design: Daniel Weberruss

Communication: Manuel Haun

Supported by: Kulturamt Frankfurt am Main

Residencies: Gallus Theater Frankfurt, Tanzplattform Rhein-Main, Künstlerhaus Mousonturm,

Hessisches Staatsballet

Duration: 7,5 min.

“Being an artist and mother is not a fixed identity.” (Joanna Sokolowski)

What if motherhood would become a part of our career? 

The short dance film “M(e)&M(other)” looks at the roles of female artist and mother – intertwined, compared and evaluated. In the world of dance, where the body operates as the main instrument of expression, motherhood is still discussed with vague undertones. Raimonda Gudavičiūtė, who lives and works in Frankfurt am Main (Germany), speaks openly about the complex internal conflict of being a caring mother and an active freelance dance artist. 

The film not only touches Raimonda Gudavičiūtė´s contradictions of personal, social and self-expression issues, but also subtly reveals the position of her seven-year-old son Elias. The constant presence of being together during recent months had given birth to a new approach towards the mother’s profession. Thanks to contemporary dance, Elias got to know his mother’s personality better and found another way (next to football and break dance) of thinking, perception, and self-expression. Dance has built a bridge of closer communication between mother and son.