Mimikry: Mater Dolorosa Bleed

An immersive daughter school 

In “Mater Dolorosa Bleed”, THE AGENCY and their ensemble deal with the myths about motherhood, pregnancy and family with a spotlight on a new counter-figure: the surrogate mother.

The history of the Mater Dolorosa Girls School in the premises of today’s Neumarkt Theater goes back to the 19th century: a disciplinary institution in which young women were trained into the roles of unpaid reproduction workers and wives assigned to them in the capitalist division of labor. For several decades, however, the Mater Dolorosa has served the M_others as a place of refuge: apart from the nuclear family, the “Violators of the Parenting Norm” are born here, form a queer-feminist DIY underground clinic, a witches’ association and exchange practices and knowledge around parenting, pregnancies, abortions, herbal birth control, and self-examinations.
This fragile ecosystem suddenly threatens to spiral out of control when one of the m_others comes up with a plan to transform the Mater Dolorosa into a surrogate mother cooperative.

The audience is invited to visit the Mater Dolorosa as a novice where they will come into personal contact with the M_others, learn and share knowledge in small groups, observe their rituals and have the choice to join them — M_others of all genders unite!

With terms, quotes, and nourished by inspiration from Silvia Federici, Alexis Pauline Gumbs, Audre Lourde, Sophie Lewis, Amrita Pande, WITCH, DiPetsa, Deirdre Cooper Owens, Leslie Jamison, Mathilde Cohen, and Warsan Shire.

Language:In Mater Dolorosa Bleed we will be speaking a mixture of english and german language.


Family and “kindship” also includes professional care for children from kindergarten age. We offer childcare during the following performances:

Sunday 19 September / 16:00

Saturday 25 September / 19:00

Sunday 26. September / 16:00

We have provided books, films and craft materials on the topics of family & birth. Bring your kids and experience theater together! Limited quantity. Registration until 2 days before the performance at: tickets@theaterneumarkt.ch

THE AGENCY was founded in 2015 by Belle Santos, Magdalena Emmerig, Rahel Spöhrer and Yana Thönnes. Together they create immersive theatrical works from a feminist perspective in which the audience is gently engaged and immersed in a world of their own.

A Cooperation of FFT Düsseldorf, Krems Donaufestival & Theater Neumarkt


Susanne Sachsse, Brandy Butler, Yara Bou Nassar, Challenge Gumbodete, Nile Koetting, Jakob Leo Stark, Belle Santos, Sofie Luckhardt, Yana Thönnes, Alma Ehrenbaum, Benjamin Bubica

Production Team

Artistic Direction: Belle Santos, Yana Thönnes, Sofie Luckhardt (The Agency)

Dramaturgy: Tine Milz

Sound Design: Nile Koetting

Assistand Directors: Kenza Nessaf / Veronika Müller-Hauszer

Collaboration Artistic Research & Conception: Magdalena Emmerig, Rahel Spöhrer

Internship Direction: Nina Vedova

Artistic Production Management: Sofie Luckhardt

Assistance Equipment: Lea Niedermeier, Jana Brändle

Belle Santos

Challenge Gumbodete

Nile Koetting

Sofie Luckhardt

Susanne Sachsse

Yana Eva Thönnes

Tine Milz

Yara Bou Nassar

Brandy Butler

Jakob Leo Stark

Kenza Nessaf

Lea Niedermann