Oh Mother by Leila Bakhtali

Like an intimate devotion, Oh Mother explores our (forgotten) interconnectedness with nature->Mother Earth. Inspired by themes of separation and reconnecting, destroying and transformation, it draws a parallel between our care for ourselves and care for the planet.

A conversation with the Earth inevitably becomes a conversation with myself.

Working closely with a soundscape to inspire movement, the plan is to use original spoken word as well as Vivaldi’s Stabat Mater; parts in its original form and parts decomposed. This in collaboration with the composer Simon Goff who also creates new compositions as a response to Stabat Mater. Stabat Mater is a Latin hymn about Mary’s suffering as Jesus’ mother during his crucifixion. 

Oh Mother is Leila’s first longer solo work which will be performed at Schwankhalle Bremen, in the beginning of July. The project is supported by the Senator for Culture Bremen and co-produced by steptext dance project and is currently in the making at Lake Studios Berlin.