Performing Parenthood at Oxytocin Symposium

Performing Parenthood text Aug 16

Performing Parenthood will be screened in full at the Oxytocin Symposium at the Royal College of Art on Sat 3rd June 2017, where DIEP Director Mila Oshin will also be premiering her Wombanifesto.

Performing Parenthood takes you on a journey through 21st century early parenthood via the work of 12 outstanding international performance artists and companies, created in response to their own very real experiences…


Curated mostly from submissions following an international open call, Performing Parenthood was the first performing arts festival in the world dedicated to the subject of pregnancy, birth and new parenthood and provided a unique opportunity for professional performing artists who have become parents in recent years to showcase work to global audiences.


Some of the works in Performing Parenthood are finished pieces that have already been touring, others are scratch performances and/or sketches of original and engaging ideas. All works in Performing Parenthood powerfully express and expose important aspects of real early parenthood experiences that are often ignored, taboo or misrepresented in popular culture such as the personal and professional implications of pregnancy, post-natal depression, child-rearing and domesticity.


The selection panel for Performing Parenthood included Charlotte Vincent (artistic director/choreographer of Vincent Dance Theatre); Anna Ehnhold-Danailov (director of Prams in the Hall and PiPA Campaign); Mila Oshin (creative director of Performing Parenthood and co-founding director of Project AfterBirth and DIEP) and Dr Christopher Lewis (co-founding director of DIEP).



We highly recommend the Performing Parenthood 2017 screening is watched in full, as curated.

However, if you would like to watch any of the films again or find out more about the artists behind them, there is a list of all artists’ names below with links to their individual profile pages.


Lizzie Philps (UK)
Rachel Jane Dean (UK)
Yvonne Montoya (USA)
Liz Hart (UK)
Elizabeth Wurst (Germany/Peru)
Beatrice Jarvis (Ireland)
Sophie Cero (UK)
Fiammetta Horvat (UK/France)
Courtney Kessel (USA)
Csilla Nagy (Hungary)
Joanna Rosenfeld (UK)
Muffie Connelly (USA)