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Internationales Sommerfestival 2015
Gob Squad:

Western Society

 
  • © David Baltzer
  • © David Baltzer
  • © David Baltzer
Theater & Performance
  • Wed, 19.08.2015 20:30 [Premiere]
    In German and English
    Kampnagel – K1
  • Thu, 20.08.2015 20:30
    In German and English
    Kampnagel – K1
  • Fri, 21.08.2015 20:30
    In German and English
    Kampnagel – K1
  • Sat, 22.08.2015 20:30
    In German and English
    Kampnagel – K1

The enthusiasts of everyday life perform a rousing portrait of 21stcentury society based on one of the least-watched videos on youtube.

When Tom Stromberg curated a theater program at documenta X in 1997, he included a short piece called 15 MINUTES TO COMPLY by a relatively unknown group called Gob Squad. It launched an unparalleled theatrical career that has since played out on streets, squares and stages. The German-English collective took a big part in establishing performance as an art form in Europe with their melancholic interventions – involving video, pop culture and fake theatrics – into contemporary life. Four years after their last show at Kampnagel, Gob Squad brings WESTERN SOCIETY to the Summerfestival. Their piece zooms in on the very heart of Western civilization: It focuses on an unremarkable youtube video in which a family eats cake and sings karaoke in a living room somewhere on the edge of the Western world. Gob Squad has turned it into a profound and touching self-portrait of our contemporary digital era. The performers reenact the video and party on stage with the help of the audience, thus transforming a banal and everyday document into a simultaneously sad and beautiful reflection of our collective desires, dreams and needs.


“truly profound… [a] deliriously sane portrait of the age of the selfie.” New York Times

Western Society from Gob Squad on Vimeo.


  • Concept: Gob Squad
  • Performed and Devised by: Johanna Freiburg, Sean Patten, Damian Rebgetz, Tatiana Saphir, Sharon Smith, Berit Stumpf, Sarah Thom und Simon Will
  • Sound Design: Jeff McGrory (Torsten Schwarzbach)
  • Video: Miles Chalcraft (Kathrin Krottenthaler)
  • Costumes: Emma Cattell, Kerstin Honeit
  • Realisation Set Design: Lena Mody
  • Technical Coordinator and Light Design: Chris Umney (Max Wegner)
  • Dramaturgy and Production Management: Christina Runge
  • Artistic Assistant: Mat Hand (Lena Mody)
  • Interns: Sarah Sarina Rommedahl, Sophie Galibert
  • Gob Squad Management: Eva Hartmann
  • Tour Management: Mat Hand

Gob Squad Arts Collective erhält institutionelle Förderung im Rahmen des Konzeptförderungszeitraumes 2015 - 2018 des Landes Berlin, Senatskanzlei - Kulturelle Angelegenheiten.

WESTERN SOCIETY wurde in Zusammenarbeit mit der Center Theatre Group, Michael Ritchie, Artistic Director, Los Angeles, CA produziert und entwickelt, in Koproduktion mit HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Berlin; Spielart Festival, München und brut Wien. Mit freundlicher Unterstützung der Europäischen Union im Rahmen des Projekts 'House on Fire'. Gefördert durch die Kulturverwaltung des Berliner Senats.

Das Gastspiel in Hamburg wird ermöglicht durch die Ilse und Dr. Horst Rusch-Stiftung und NATIONALE PERFORMANCE NETZ im Rahmen der Gastspielförderung Theater aus Mitteln der Beauftragten der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien sowie der Kultur und Kunstministerien der Länder.


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