Production Details / Press Releases
“What one cannot speak of, one must remain silent about.”
In a bare children’s room, a human and a life-size, faceless dummy meet. What at first appears to be a harmless puppet show with an alter ego or the childish “mommy-and-me” game increasingly develops into a tense space: human and puppet wrestle for power, the roles shift and seem to dissolve.
The dance and puppet theatre piece SCHATTENKIND deals with the taboo subject of domestic violence perpetrated by mothers: when mothers physically and emotionally hurt their own children, it leaves scars that often remain hidden. The shame of those affected is often unbearable, because the social image of nature-given and unconditional motherly love is too immovable.
SCHATTENKIND examines the mechanisms of maternal violence and sheds light on the rupture in the relationship that is one of the most important in a person’s life. In the process, a physical and visual language is created between contemporary dance and puppetry that expresses what there are no words for.
“Eva Baumann has succeeded in creating an evening with powerful images that affect us and make us think about what we consciously and unconsciously do to our children.”
(Die Deutsche Bühne)
“In this play between turning towards and turning away from, the moment when motherly love turns into maternal violence is a latent possibility. Eva Baumann shows how difficult it is to sense the tipping point. It is not the real presence of violence that is oppressive, … what is terrible is its possibility, which hovers over the stage space like a burden.”
TFB Nr. 1706
Cast & Credits
Choreography, Dance, Stage set, Video: Eva Baumann
Music: Evelien van den Broek
Costume: Katrin Wittig
Puppet construction: Jördis Meister
Assistant puppet construction: Sarah Loscher
Lighting: Doris Schopf
Outside Eye: Jan Jedenak
PR: Nicola Steller
Graphic design: Melanie Werner
Photography: Daniela Wolf
SCHATTENKIND is a production by Eva Baumann _ Cie. ZEIT/GEIST.
The Berlin premiere is supported by Fonds Darstellende Künste with funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media as part of NEUSTART KULTUR.
In cooperation with FITZ – Das Theater animierter Formen, Stuttgart, and with the kind support of Uferstudios Berlin
The video documentation is produced on behalf of the Senate Department for Culture and Europe. The purpose of this contract is to document productions in the field of contemporary dance in Berlin. The master recordings are archived by the University Library of the Berlin University of Arts. Copies of the recordings on DVD are available for viewing exclusively in the reference collections of the following archives (at media desks in these institutions):
University Library of the Berlin University of Arts
Mediathek für Tanz und Theater des Internationalen Theaterinstituts / Mime Centrum Berlin
Inter-University Centre for Dance Berlin (HZT)