In Chad, there is a proverb which says “A tree without leaves is like a woman without children”.

My mother’s mother had 20 children.  My mother lost 3.

And now there’s me.

I want to use this dance to explore my grandmother’s experience of motherhood, my mother’s, and my own.  I want to find my way through a lineage of loss.

1 in 6 couples in Britain have difficulties in conceiving, but at the same time scientists are looking for ways to take the female body out of the reproductive cycle.

Without the possibility of loss – might we lose the possibility of love?


Author Maria

Maria da Luz began her training in Portugal receiving a bursary at Rui Horta Dance School, later studying at Forum Dança working with international choreographers such as Vera Mantero, Meg Stuart, Joao Fiadeiro and Francisco Camacho. She then gained a BA honours in Dance Theatre from Trinity Laban. As a performer, she has worked with various companies including the original cast of The Lion King working with Garth Fagan as ensemble and dance captain, Kokuma Dance Theatre including Patrick and Germaine Acogny, Seven Sisters and Jeanette Brooks, among others. She has choreographed and performed her work across the UK.

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