Vincent Dance Theatre

Motherland

Winding its way through airbrushed beauty, boob jobs and Botox, victim blaming, slut shaming, the might of motherhood and the challenge of childlessness, Motherland is a funny and moving show about having it all.

In Motherland, Vincent Dance Theatre’s brilliant, multi-talented ensemble of men, women and children take a look at the gender they were born into and the price they are paying for it.

Spurred on by Simone de Beauvoir, Caitlin Moran and the Spice Girls, Vincent goes into battle with the big boys, arguing against a narrow, over-sexualized definition of femininity to ask what it is that we really, really want. Uncompromising yet utterly accessible, Motherland has a broad appeal for both sexes through its potent blend of theatre and dance.

Motherland is a call to arms: one that sticks two fingers up at the shallow hypocrisies and inequalities of our time and asks ‘what do we hope for now?’

Motherland is commissioned by Brighton Dome and Festival, South East Dance, Corn Exchange Newbury, The Point Eastleigh and Peak Performances @ Montclair State University, New Jersey, USA.

directed and designed by Charlotte Vincent
music by Alex Catona, Patrycja Kujawska, Scott Smith, Aurora Lubos, Leah Yeger and Charlotte Vincent. "Why Oh Why" by Woody Guthrie
devised and performed by Andrea Catania, Alex Catona, Robert Clark, Greig Cooke, Patrycja Kujawska, Aurora Lubos, Benita Oakley, Janusz Orlik, Scott Smith, Leah Yeger
performed in 2014 with Darren Anderson, Alice Hockey, Adrian Oxall and Joan Plunkett
text by Charlotte Vincent and Liz Aggiss
understudy Emily Maynard
dramaturgy by Ruth Ben-Tovim
production manager Dom Martin
sound engineer Nik Kennedy
Dates

Premiere
October 5th, 2012, Corn Exchange, Newbury, United Kingdom

October 11th, 2012, The Point, Eastleigh, United Kingdom

October 17th, 2012, The Junction, Cambridge, United Kingdom

October 23rd, 2012, Corn Exchange, Brighton Dome, Brighton, United Kingdom

November 1st, 2012, Birmingham Hippodrome, Birmingham, United Kingdom

November 2nd, 2012, Birmingham Hippodrome, Birmingham, United Kingdom

November 8th, 2012, The Place: Robin Howard Dance Theatre, London, United Kingdom

November 9th, 2012, The Place: Robin Howard Dance Theatre, London, United Kingdom

November 10th, 2012, The Place: Robin Howard Dance Theatre, London, United Kingdom

November 13th, 2012, Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield, United Kingdom

November 15th, 2012, Live at LICA, Lancaster University, Lancaster, United Kingdom

November 19th, 2012, Weston Studio, Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff, United Kingdom

November 20th, 2012, Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry, United Kingdom

August 19th, 2013, Summerhall, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Edinburgh Festival Fringe

August 20th, 2013, Summerhall, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

August 21st, 2013, Summerhall, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

August 22nd, 2013, Summerhall, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

August 23rd, 2013, Summerhall, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

October 17th, 2013, Alexander Kasser Theater, Montclair State University, New Jersey, USA

October 18th, 2013, Alexander Kasser Theater, Montclair State University, New Jersey, USA

October 19th, 2013, Alexander Kasser Theater, Montclair State University, New Jersey, USA

October 20th, 2013, Alexander Kasser Theater, Montclair State University, New Jersey, USA

March 4th, 2014, Contact, Manchester, United Kingdom

March 6th, 2014, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, London, United Kingdom

March 12th, 2014, Nottingham Playhouse, Nottingham, United Kingdom

March 20th, 2014, Harrogate Theatre, Harrogate, United Kingdom

March 27th, 2014, The Castle, Wellingborough, United Kingdom

March 29th, 2014, Eden Court, Inverness, United Kingdom

April 3rd, 2014, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds, United Kingdom

April 5th, 2014, Dance City, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom