Ro Theater - Alize Zandwijk
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“Nothing is taboo here. The women are impressive in the enormous frankness of their personal stories, in which both other women and men can recognise an unbridled zest for living” (Volkskrant)
"Mothers, pushes the envelope of theatre. These wonderful women open up in front of us strangers. And we just watch amazed, since they are not professional actors, yet they are able to make out a production out of „nothing”, which includes all our senses into the play." (Hamlet - Romania)
“The women are unmistakably pure, intelligent, talented, witty, eloquent and frank. Starting out as strangers to one another, they felt great intimacy since their first rehearsal.‘Mothers’ is a performance that was created spontaneously. The whole text is based on stories as spoken out and written down by the women themselves” (AD / Rotterdams Dagblad )
Mothers is a production with 12 mothers from the city of Rotterdam, all with different ethnic backgrounds. The setting is a big kitchen. The women present intimate monologues about their personal (but universal) motherhood, during which they prepare a course for the audience. At the end of the performance, dinner is served.
Mothers has been awarded twice by the jury of the Kontakt Festival (Poland):
- “performance that best reflects the changes taking place in the contemporary world”.
- “Best Set Designer of the Festival”.
Alize Zandwijk: ‘The power of women amongst themselves is something we barely recognise. The cheerfulness, the energy, the intimacy and the humour that women from other cultures can share with one another is something I want to show. Theatre is actually nothing more than an encounter. There is a community on the stage, but also in the auditorium. For the duration of the performance, a group of people sit together watching that community on the stage. Every spectator may have their own opinion of it – one thinks this bit is stupid, and the other that bit – but they all share that experience of watching together’.