the then + the now = nowtime

“We will inhabit a concept of remembering as an act of responsibility. An act that in turn is ultimately liberating and healing.”
Elaine Mitchener

Elaine Mitchener | Concept & Music
Dam Van Huynh | Direction & Choreography
Antony Hateley | Lighting Design
Ben Marc | Studio Technician
Tommaso Petrolo | Production Assistance

the then + the now = now time is an exploration of Walter Benjamin’s notion of “Eingedenken” – a historical consciousness in which the past is not understood and glorified as something closed and complete; a form of remembering that emphasizes the past’s relentless presence. Against the mediating, conciliatory thrust of Erinnerung (memory), Eingedenken remains true to suffering in the past by refusing reconciliation with past wrongs.

Mitchener’s artistic work as a vocalist, movement artist and composer is permeated by the awareness of past and present forms of discrimination, post-colonial wounds and its effect on humanity. the then + the now = now time is an artistic quest to politicize the past, undoing and unsettling time and space using music and movement.

Commissioned by MaerzMusik – Festival für Zeitfragen


“Her performance at Silent Green – an old crematorium converted into a cultural center – hit hard.” Steve Smith, National Sawdust —> Read

Photo credit:
Adam Janisch