The unfulfilled desire to have children drives couples from Germany and Switzerland abroad. They entrust surrogates in India, the US and Ukraine to deliver their children. These ‘intending parents’ duck legal boundaries and enter unknown moral ground. Flinn Works has undertaken research in all five countries in order to gain a deeper understanding of gestational surrogacy. Is it a blessing of modern medicine or a neocolonial act? Is bearing the child of a stranger work or charity? How do we compensate this ‘labour of love’? Since transnational surrogacy became illegal in countries such as India and Thailand, follicles, embryos and surrogates are being flown around the globe. Where the desire for a child meets biotechnology, children will find a way into the world. So they exist and they need passports. But which ones? Global Belly portrays people embroiled in the surrogacy industry. Professional agents meet content surrogates and argumentative feminists encounter loving fathers-to-be. With its ethical complexity and emotional polarisation, its legal grey zones and its medical realities the industry comes alive on the Zoom stage. Flinn Works’ immersive and interactive stage play (2017) has toured widely to critical acclaim. The Zoom version is new, updated and addresses a global online-audience.
Performance Anne Hoffmann, Matthias Renger, Sonata, Crystal Travis, Jennifer Lynn Tune, Lea Whitcher Direction Sophia Stepf Research & Text Team Global Belly Consultation Dr. Anika König Costume Design Philine Rinnert Music Jörg-Martin Wagner Video Design Marc Jungreithmeier Zoom Host Konradin Kunze Production Assistant Alice Harrison Production Management Gustavo Fijalkow
The 2017 stage performance was a Flinn Works production in cooperation with SOPHIENSÆLE and Theater Tuchlaube Aarau. Funded by Berliner Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa, Fonds Darstellende Künste, Hessisches Ministerium für Wissenschaft und Kunst, Kulturamt der Stadt Kassel, Gerhard-Fieseler-Stiftung and MMB Goethe-Institut Mumbai.
The 2021 zoom performance is a production by Flinn Works in co-production with SOPHIENSÆLE. Media partner: taz. die tageszeitung