EVERYTHING I TOUCH TURNS TO JOY
MY BLOOD IS RUBY
MY TEARS ARE DIAMONDS
AND MY SWEAT IS SAPPHIRE
In an empty cathedral, a prostitute vacuums the floor.
A lonely clown searches.
Women sing. Dance. Wail.
The little girl and her papa are on their way to the airport.
Movement, clowning, hymns and karaoke collide in this ode to the joys and traumas of womanhood. The stage is transformed into a confessional; into a crucible of sexuality; into a dreamlike pit of shame and redemption.
In an era where hard-won progress is rolling backwards, where reproductive rights are being stripped away, and the rise of the far right is giving power back to misogynists and religious fundamentalists, The Cathedral is a mischievous, defiant and elusive call to arms.
Welcome: confess your sins. Come and be cleansed.
The Vandens Karta Ensemble creates urgent and multi-disciplined theatre combining dance, music, original writing, clowning and many more diverse forms. Our members hail from Hong Kong, Japan, Ghana, Lithuania, Norway, Denmark, Romania, Canada, Australia, Germany, Italy, France and the UK.
We are multitalented and diverse, and come from backgrounds in acting, contemporary dance, circus, musical composition, visual art, classical singing, writing, poetry and musical theatre.
Our work is devised and created in the rehearsal room in a spontaneous, collaborative style.
The Vandens Karta Ensemble will also be bringing their sister show Magdelana Confessions to VAULT Festival on the 4th-5th of Feb.
Press & Reviews
Praise for previous work
“I haven’t seen anything quite like this show in a long time, maybe ever. Its effect is hypnotic, dreamy, playful, and in the end, kinda rousing.” - CHRISTOPHER BRETT BAILEY
Cast & Creative Team Director: AMI OKUMURA JONES
Performed and devised by: MARGHERITA DERI, VIRGINIA RUSPINI, LILY SINKO, HELENE SMED MADSEN
Additional devised material: MARIE DANIELSEN, DANIEL KETTLE, ERIKA SVIDERSKYTE