Warm-hearted, funny, smart, and accessible: Experience RAVEN, a powerful and refreshingly different piece of contemporary circus about motherhood.
RAVEN, charmingly honest and highly entertaining, confronts the complex topic of motherhood. Based on their own experiences as artists and mothers, the performers of the Berlin-based collective still hungry, examine the stigma surrounding the German concept "Rabenmutter" (raven mother) with courage, intelligence, and artistry. Thanks to creative support from the renowned British director Bryony Kimmings, they stage a striking, authentic world filled with stunning acrobatics, beautiful imagery, and honest humour.
Bird metaphors lie at the centre of RAVEN and illustrate the different challenges motherhood presents. One moment, the performers lovingly mother their children like hens and the rhythms of their daily movements turn into skilful satirical choreographies. In the next moment, the memories of their own strength as successful artists turn them into eagles, soaring strong and free through the air. With disarming directness and the unmistakable personality of the fearless circus moms, the performers bring a moving show to the stage, which challenges the status quo and invites us to question our preconceived notions of working mothers, women, and circus performers.
The show RAVEN is presented within the series of guest performances PLAY. The program is a powerful and contemporary homage to circus. Young, up-and-coming companies from Germany, cool insider tips, and renowned award winners from the last festival year perform in the span of two months. The scheduled pieces represent a wonderful collection of different circus styles, are all outstanding creations, and a unique opportunity to travel the world of New Circus without a moment's stress.
★★★★ "Beautiful and spectacular... Among many other glorious qualities, Raven is particularly striking for the pitch-perfect ease with which it combines language and movement, as if the words acted as cues leading to soaring passages of movement that always add hugely to the meaning of the piece." The Scotsman
★★★★ "An excellent hour of circus, physical theatre, and dance digging into what the performers gave up, and what they refuse to let go of." Broadway Baby
"Heroes. Rock 'n' Roll goddesses." The Circus Diaries
"Eine Art Rebellion der Rabenmütter: artistisch, spektakulär und aufwühlend." Frauke Thiele, Kulturradio, rbb
Co-Authors and Performers: Anke van Engelshoven, Lena Ries, Romy Seibt
Co-Direction: Rachel Hameleers
Creative Support by: Bryony Kimmings
Producer: Anke Politz
The creation of RAVEN was funded with support from the Senate Department for Culture and Europe