Anna&Goda is a Brussels/Amsterdam dance-performance and visual arts duo collective that aims to bridge their contemporary dance and theater backgrounds to develop a transdisciplinary approach to performances and live installations. Created by Annabel Reid and Goda Zukauskaite, this collaboration addresses pressing social issues related to contemporary power structures through movement, sound and image. The duo’s strength is the shared desire to play, explore and break normative boundaries, both through physical and visual work.
Annabel Reid (BE) and Goda Zukauskaite (LT/NL) met during their studies at the Amsterdam University of the Arts (AHK) in the Modern Theater Dance department. After graduating in 2018, they both went their separate ways to work as dancers and performers for dance and theater companies and freelance choreographers (Florentina Holzinger, Jan Fabre, Thierry Smits, Boukje Schweigman, Liat Tamar Waysbort, Kalpana Raghuraman, and more). The desire to create their own artistic identity as creators grew over time and the step to become a duet collective in 2021 became clear.
Photo: Donata Kukyte
“Goddesses dream when they bleed” is the first creation resulting from the collaboration between the Belgian artist Annabel Reid and the Lithuanian artist Goda Žukauskaitė.
Inspired by the age-old act of women washing clothes, this project explores the intimate and vulnerable relationship between women reclaiming their bodies, power and space. Wash, wear and twist clothes until they become a weapon. In a space formed by washing lines, white sheets and sound equipment, two bodies delve into the physical heaviness of domestic labor and reveal rhythms, body and space transformations.
Through this interdisciplinary performance that combines choreography, sound and visual art, “Goddesses dream when they bleed” invites us to acknowledge the uncompensated labor of our mothers, grandmothers, our grandmothers’ mothers and those who came before them.