Three Pefromers are standing in front of excavators on a wasteland
Alina Simmelbauer

Studio Urbanistan:

A ballet for three mothers
in excavators on an empty lot

2023 Outdoor Performance
With audience discussion
With childcare
External venue: fallow land in the Kornquartier / audience area Parking lot Volkmannstraße 10 ↗ (Bezirkssportanlage Süd), 28201 Bremen

Joint price system:
7 / 10 / 14 € (free choice).
Online tickets plus 1,50 € fee.

Bremen Pass: 3 €
Children and youths up to 18 years: 5 €

Culture semester ticket: free of charge

Advance booking online and at all Nordwest-Ticket advance booking offices. Remaining tickets from 1 hour before the start of the event at the box office.

Alternatively you can reserve tickets by phone 0421 520 80 70 (Mon, Wed – Fri 10 am – 2 pm or answering machine) or email
From 1 hour before the start of the event you can reach the box office by phone on 0174 763 50 61
Pick up at the box office until 30 min before the performance starts.

The performance lasts about 90 minutes without intermission. German spoken language is used.

There are sounds of construction machinery and horns, as well as fog and light effects.

The performances will not take place in the Schwankhalle, but on a disused site in the Kornquartier. More information about accessibility on site will follow shortly.

If you have any questions about the accessibility of the event, please contact us at or 0421 520 80 70.

Streetcar 4 direction ARSTEN, get off at Rosenpfad. (2 stops after Schwankhalle, Schnürschuhtheater).
From there it is about 700 m to the venue. Walk back on Buntentorsteinweg approx. 100 m in the direction of Schwankhalle and turn left into Willigstraße. Walk straight ahead for about 300m until you reach Kornstraße, cross this street, turn left and immediately take the first right again into Volkmannstraße.
 Go straight on for about 300 m, past Combi/ Aldi/ Rossmann/ kik and follow Volkmannstraße, which turns left behind the Combi store. 50 m after the bend you will see a parking lot on the left side, where the spectator area is located.

By car coming from Schwankhalle:

From Schwankhalle approx. 4 min.
Drive straight ahead for about 500 m on Buntentorsteinweg. Turn right into Kirchweg, after approx. 300 m turn left into Kornstraße and after approx. 300 m turn right into Volkmannstraße.
 Follow Volkmannstraße, which turns left behind the Combi store. After about 50 m you will see a parking lot on the left side where the spectator area is located. Parking (only with parking meter, max. 3 hours) is available in the customer parking lot at the Combi market. From there it is about 150 m to the spectator area.

A ballet for three mothers in excavators on an empty lot – in this rough setting with huge machines, Studio Urbanistan raises questions as to the place of parents in the (working) world. They clear away, dig deep, shovel away, and pile up again. But who is actually plowing whom or what? Constructs of motherhood, moments of excessive demand, invisible care work, and fights for compa­tibility of family and work and gender justice whoosh over the wasteland in sound bites. Unheard voices can be heard: female shift workers, self-employed women and full-time mothers from East and West Germany, from the city and the countryside, young and old, single mothers and mothers in patchwork families. What actually changes when you have children? The exca­vators stoically do their work, the »mothers« in them get a chance to scream their hearts out, to powerfully vent their anger, but also to fall silent or sing. Meanwhile, the audience with headphones roams around the barriers.


Artistic direction: Clara Minckwitz & Julia Lehmann
Performance: Katharina Bill, Clara Minckwitz, Clarissa Schneider & Mathilde Lehmann
Sound: Nicolas Schneider
Stage equipment: Lea Stöcker
Production: Lena Mallmann

The original sounds of the project were taken from voice messages as well as in-depth interviews by and with various mothers, parents and guardians. Thank you for the open conversations and moving thoughts.

A production of Studio Urbanistan, KATAPULT - Performance Plattform Leipzig and FREISCHWIMMEN. FREISCHWIMMEN is a production platform for performance and theater, supported by brut Wien, FFT Düsseldorf, Gessnerallee Zürich, HochX Theater and Live Art München, LOFFT - DAS THEATER, Schwankhalle Bremen, SOPHIENSÆLE Berlin and Theater Rampe Stuttgart, under the management of SOPHIENSÆLE GmbH, made possible within the framework of the program »Verbindungen fördern« of the Bundesverband Freie Darstellende Künste, funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media.

The rehearsal process is supported by the Fonds Darstellende Künste with funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media as part of NEUSTART KULTUR. The project is further supported by the City of Leipzig, Cultural Office and the Cultural Foundation of the Free State of Saxony. This measure is co-financed by tax funds on the basis of the budget passed by the Saxon state parliament.

The residency as part of KATAPULT is funded by the Cultural Foundation of the Free State of Saxony as part of the special program »Kulturland 2022. Saxony as a Stage«. The sub-project »Care Machine« is funded by the City of Leipzig as part of the theme year 2023 »Leipzig - The Whole City as Stage«.