Gob Squad (DE/UK)
22 - 23 November 2017
A ZONA K project in collaboration with Triennale Teatro dell’Arte.
Overwhelming, involving, noisy, Revolution Now! dusts off from the past the revolutionary moments decisive for humanity with which the public, as in history, will have to get involved. Because for one evening it will be “all or nothing”.
“A magnificent, courageous and epic theatrical experience.”
Gob Squad, the most provocative British-German collective of the moment, exponents of a theatre that challenges representation and the public and transfers them directly into the “temples” of urban life, has decided to stage at least one of them and transform the theatre into the bubbling headquarters of a group of revolutionaries, connected live to the channel of a small TV station that broadcasts non-stop proclamations, manifestos and songs of revolt.
Is it time for a revolution? Aren’t our lives a little too comfortable? Are we ready to sacrifice them for the cause?
It is certain that the word ‘revolutionary’ has lost its meaning since it became glamour, a label for selling practically anything, from rock stars to sanitary towels.
Played in English, with scenic translation in Italian
c/o Triennale Teatro dell’Arte – viale Alemagna, 6
conception and interpretation Johanna Freiburg, Sean Patten, Sharon Smith, Berit Stumpf, Sarah Thom, Laura Tonke, Bastian Trost, Simon Will live music and arrangements Christopher Uhe, Masha Qrella video Miles Chalcraft, Kathrin Krottenthaler sound Jeff McGrory technical direction Chris Umney costumes Pieter Bax dramaturgy and executive production Christina Runge dramaturgical consultants Aenne Quiñones, Götz Leineweber artistic assistants Milena Kipfmüller, Tina Pfurr interns Hannah Senft, Florian Wessels Gob Squad Management Eva Hartmann tour management Mat Hand production Gob Squad co-produced Donaufestival Niederösterreich, Schauspiel Köln and Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz with the support of Berliner Kulturverwaltung photos Thomas Aurin
* extraordinary participation of Marco Cavalcoli (Fanny & Alexander) for the Italian version
Gob Squad is a seven-headed monster, an artistic collective with seven leaders. It has a schizophrenic identity: two nations and two languages. For over 20 years Gob Squad has been searching for a new way to combine media and performance, producing performances, video installations, radio plays, films and urban interventions. Gob Squad was founded in 1994, while its members were still at Nottingham Trent University and Giessen. Berlin has been the creative home of the group since 1999. Its members are: Johanna Freiburg, Sean Patten, Sharon Smith, Berit Stumpf, Sarah Thom, Bastian Trost and Simon Will. Other artists are invited to collaborate on particular projects. Their productions have been performed all over the world: Super Night Shot (2003), Gob Squad’s Kitchen (2007, winner of New York’s Drama Desk Award 2012), Saving The World (2008, winner of the Goethe Preis at the Impulse Festival), Before Your Very Eyes (2011), Western Society (2013) and the most recent War And Peace (2016).