Three women seek subversive parallels in their work as mothers, and makers of performance and choreography – presenting the maternal body as a site from which to question identity, independence and love.
Murray’s foray into the frictions of ‘motherhood’ and ‘making’ is a personal, explicit and irreverent attempt to unpack her and her contemporaries’ experience as both mothers and makers of performance and choreographic work.
Confronted with the physical distortions of a monster/mother body the audience encounters a radical intimacy with a maternal space and the sense of their own singularity or ‘otherness’.
As a result, audience members are invited to take part in a shifting and dynamic inter-corporeal space. It is here boundaries of corporal ownership are continually negotiated and discovered to be porous.
Understanding of what it is to care for and with others, Mother*Fuckers exposes and celebrates the challenges of ‘dependency’ as a means for creativity. By re-elevating notions of care and nurture Mother*Fuckers makes visable the creative transformation of the maternal, proposing new erotics in which to consider intersubjectivity and reciprocity – spaces where the self and other are simultaneously entwined and separate.
By searching for parallels between the working practices of artists and the experience of motherhood Mother*Fuckers finds physical translations for the endless and fluid ‘process of becoming’ while at the same time, striving for versions of love and care-giving that have the potential to continually remake the world.
Concept: Emma Murray. Choreography and performance: Emma Murray, Nadine Fuchs, Emma Ribbing. Dramaturgy: Johanna Hilari. Scenography: Jasmin Wiesli. Light design and technology: Ursula Degen. Sound design: Till Hillbrecht. Photos: Nicole Pfister. Production management: Michael Röhrenbach. Residences: PTL Ljubljana, DansStations Malmö, Tanzhaus Zürich. Co-production: Dampfzentrale Bern. With the kind support of the City of Bern, Canton of Bern, Burgergemeinde Bern, Migros Culture Percentage, Swiss Artist Foundation.
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