Professionals & Artist Development

Mothers by Frauke Requardt

Frauke Requardt (a mother) dunks you in the mess. This is relentless, this is ferocious, this is euphoric. This is tiny and tender.

Godmother, Birth mother, Working mother, Earth mother, Mother-tongue, Motherland, Mothercare(TM), MILF.  Frauke Requardt (a mother) dunks you in the mess. 

Mothers is a dance across sticky surfaces with slippery bodies. Time is interrupted (MUMMY!) time drags on (AGAIN! AGAIN!) .

This is relentless, this is ferocious, this is euphoric. This is tiny and tender.

The show expresses the physical and emotional journey of new motherhood and was developed using interviews with new parents and Frauke’s own experience. Frauke identified that the experience of becoming a mother represented a monumental change in her adult life, but was strangely underrepresented in the arts. Perfectly suited to the medium of dance, Mothers uses movement to express the extremes of the bodily experience, and the emotional highs and lows.

Co-produced by The Place. Commissioned by DanceEast, Cambridge Junction, Tramway and The Place, and supported by The Point, Eastleigh. Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. Supported via South East Dance and Jerwood Charitable Foundation Dramaturg in Residence programme. Frauke Requardt is a Work Place artist.

“An hour of often quite startling weirdness, a narrative-free cascade of images that revels in the mess and mayhem of having children… a dark tinged work that doesn’t hold back from sharing the less than glamorous aspects of motherhood” – londondance.com

“Admirably non-sanitised and unsentimental, and flecked with some simple yet striking physicality and imagery” -The Times

 


Previous Tour Dates

  • THE POINT, Eastleigh
    4 May 2017
     
  • DANCE INTERNATIONAL GLASGOW, TRAMWAY, Glasgow
    9-10 May 2017
     
  • CAMBRDIGE JUNCTION: WATCH OUT FESITVAL, Cambridge
    27 May 2017
     
  • THE PLACE, London
    31 May – 1 Jun 2017
     
  • YORKSHIRE DANCE, Leeds
    2 June 2017
     
  • QUARTERHOUSE, Folkestone
    15 Jun 2017
     
  • GREENWICH DANCE, London
    17 Jun 2017