Is motherhood a desire? Whose desire? Is procreation a job? What would happen if we went on a womb strike?
In 2021, the right to decide when and how to become a mother is a contested right. In many places, people are fighting for legal abortion, while in some places where it is already legal, people want to reverse the law. Discourse is polarised around the low birth rate, the possibilities of assisted fertilisation, the legalisation of surrogacy, adoption by single people and homosexual couples. A real political battle is being fought on the frontline of procreation.
LINGUA MADRE is an encyclopaedia of reproduction in the twenty-first century, written from the stories of migrant mothers, trans mothers, heterosexual mothers who resorted to assisted fertilisation, lesbian mothers, gay fathers with children, teenage mothers, women who had abortions, women who adopted, women who do not want to have children and many others who wonder how to reinvent the word mother.
In a hybrid space between a library and a cabinet of curiosities, where documents, films and music are shared, the performers reconstruct the past and discuss the future.
LINGUA MADRE will take place in different places around the world with different communities as a mobile laboratory. LINGUA MADRE, Bologna edition was produced by ERT Emilia Romagna Teatro and is the first of a series of performances to be held in Madrid, Berlin and other cities.
Direction And Text Lola Arias
With Donatella Allegro, Marzia Bisognin, Chiara Bodini, Egon Botteghi, Giovanni D’Alessandro, Eloisa Gatto, Florette Zengue, Martina Zucchini and the collaboration of Angela Balzano in the artistic process
Set & COsTUMES Mariana Tirantte
VIDEO & LIGHTS Matías Iaccarino
CHOIR DIRECTION Meike Clarelli
MUSIC Meike Clarelli, Davide Fasulo
Choreography Luciana Acuña
Dramaturgy Piersandra Di Matteo
Research And Casting Cosetta Nicolini, Piersandra Di Matteo
Research COLLABORATION Marina Mariasch
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR &
PRODUCTION LOLA ARIaS COMPANY Laura Cecilia Nicolás
Translation Teresa Vila