The theatrical songwriter Bernadette La Hengst embarks together with her 16-year-old daughter and the audience on a musical journey through time to the stations of her mother's life between Silesia, the GDR, Lebanon and the FRG. For this project, La Hengst draws on her research and discussions of the past years, in which she went in search of traces of her mother.
As a child, her mother was a refugee twice, from Silesia to the GDR to North Rhine-Westphalia. In the 1960s, she lived in Lebanon and Syria for a while. Mutter**Land builds a bridge to the current handling of flight and displacement: staged dialogues and vocal duets between stage and film, between mother and daughter, rituals performed with the audience and La Hengst's songs oscillate from the micro to the macro cosmos of a society in which migration is a cultural foundation.
BERNADETTE LA HENGST has lived in Berlin since 2004. From 1990 to 2004 she lived as a musician in Hamburg, since then she has released countless albums and played hundreds of concerts. Since 2002, six solo albums have been released by Trikont, most recently Wir sind die Vielen (2019). In 2003, she received the Artist Award for Popular Music in North Rhine-Westphalia for her entire body of work to date. Since 2003, she has increasingly worked as a director, musician, author and actress in a wide variety of theatre and radio play productions, including for Theater Freiburg, Thalia Theater Hamburg, Theater Essen and Sophiensæle.
By and with Bernadette La Hengst, Ella Mae Hengst, Carolin Hochleichter, Stephanie von Beauvais, Jelka Plate, Eike Böttcher, Sophie Krause ARTISTIC DIRECTION, CONCEPT, TEXT, MUSIC, LIVE-PERFORMANCE Bernadette La Hengst PERFORMANCE, TEXT, MUSIC IN VIDEO Ella Mae Hengst DRAMATURGY, CONCEPT Carolin Hochleichter VIDEOS Stephanie von Beauvais STAGE, COSTUME Jelka Plate & Eike Böttcher DIRECTOR AND VIDEO ASSISTANT Sophie Krause LIGHT DESIGN Dirk Lutz VIDEO SOUND Robin Plenio PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT ehrliche arbeit - freies Kulturbüro OUTSIDE EYE Bettina Grahs WITH TEXTS BY Brigitte Hengst AND VOICE BY Eva Broermann ADDITIONAL VIDEO MATERIAL Ibrahim Shehab THANKS TO Anke Broermann, Andreas Kossert and his books „Kalte Heimat“ and „Flucht – eine Menschheitsgeschichte“
A production by Bernadette La Hengst in co-production with SOPHIENSÆLE and Burg Hülshoff - Center for Literature. Supported by Fonds Darstellende Künste within the framework of #Take Action with funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media as well as by the Kunststiftung NRW and the European Centre for the Arts Hellerau.