A contemporary circus theatre creation 2021
6 women on stage. Live Music by Dorothy Bird.
60-70 minutes duration
For Blackbox Theatre: 10m wide x 8m deep, min 5m height,
hanging point (central) for aerial artistry,sound system for live music.
Techrider & promo material are available.
We all know the process of decision, the inner dialogues, the fear of the jump, the courage of the nothing, the pleasure of uncertainty, the rediscovery and the new joy of life. And when we have made it and come to terms with it, we finally know that we don't know and will never know.
The name of the creation is inspired by the play "Nora - a Doll's Home" by Hendrik Ibsen. Ibsen's Nora, written in 1879, leads a seemingly happy and harmonious family life until one day she is confronted with her past. She has put herself in a predicament to help her husband. When it all comes out, her husband condemns her as a liar. She is deeply disappointed. Nora decides to leave her husband and
her children and emancipates herself completely. Anna-Katharina Andrees deals extensively with one aspect: the decision. She examined and visualised the different stages and inner states of the decision-making process. Who doesn't know it? - the considering, the inner dialogues - until we can finally verbally express our decision. But what happens in our deepest inner being over a longer period of time is rarely expressed. How can we share these invisible processes?
Can we translate these states into movement in order to better understand and classify them? The company deals with this and goes on a research to translate these states vividly on stage in the form of acrobatics (air and floor), theatre and live music.
The women who embody NORA are between 27-45 years old and very different. The most striking character qualities are the powerful, the humorous, the scurrile, the quiet, the structured, the soft and the tough. This description is for creation purposes only and is in no way meant to categorise the women. But character traits and artistic specialisation, each of them views a different state of being more intensely. They all go through the whole process. Together they are NORA, each is a part of how Nora feels.
Cast: Julia Fiebelkorn aka Dorothy Bird (Composition, live music), Estrella Urban (Handbalancing), Bronwen Pattison (Aerial Hoop, Contorsion),Tanja Stolting (Trapeze/ Tissue) , Milena Schulz (Cyrwheel, Hula Hoop,
Part of the cast in 1st creation phase/ 2nd Cast: Annika Hemmerling (Mouthbalance, Dance Trapeze), Kathrin Wagner (Ring juggling), Aïssatou Casa (Aerial Rope)
Costume design: Bronwen Pattison
Set/stage design: Tomasz Bajsarowicz
Coaching/ Aristic Advisers: Ana Jordão, Oskar Mauricio, Roman Škadra,
Assistance: Nica Storey
Photography: Stephane Le Breton
Author, director & producer: Anna-Katharina Andrees
Premiere is planned for 2023 in Berlin.
The project was funded by the Fonds Darstellende Künste 2021 #takeaction.
The May 2023 residency of the project NORA by 7women Company is funded as part of the Schloss Bröllin 2023 Culture Programme. The Schloss Bröllin e.V. residency programme is funded by the Ministry of Science, Culture, Federal and European Affairs of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and the district of Vorpommern-Greifswald.
The project NORA by 7women Company is accompanied by the creation alliance Zirkus ON. Circus ON is made possible within the framework of the programme "Promoting Connections" of the Federal Association of Independent Performing Arts, which is funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media.