Creation (Pictures for Dorian) by Gob Squad
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Creation (Pictures for Dorian)

Creation is the realm of gods and artists, who create beauty through sheer will and their own bare hands. But who decides what is beautfiul? And what are the concealed mechanisms of power that lie within the triangular relationship of artist, object and viewer?

Gob Squad Arts Collective have travelled the world for the past 25 years and now find themselves well and truly middle-aged, with no desire to exit the stage just yet. In Creation (Pictures for Dorian), they are joined onstage by a diverse group of local performers a generation younger and a generation older than themselves. Their aim? To peep behind the vanity-mirror and search for answers to questions of beauty, morality, ageing and power, and to playfully ask why they so crave the eye of the beholder.

The project is inspired by Oscar Wilde’s character, Dorian Gray, who meddles in the domain of the gods with the aid of a magical painting. He suspends the process of ageing and remains young and beautiful forever, at a terrible cost to his soul. There’s probably a little bit of Dorian in all of us. What happens when he is denied the limelight forever?

Current Performances
Wed 02.05.2018, 20:00 / HAU2
Fri 04.05.2018, 20:00 / HAU2
Sat 05.05.2018, 20:00 / HAU2
Sun 06.05.2018, 20:00 / HAU2
Mon 07.05.2018, 20:00 / HAU2
Concept and Direction
Gob Squad
Johanna Freiburg, Sean Patten, Sharon Smith, Berit Stumpf, Sarah Thom, Bastian Trost, Simon Will and local guests
Sound Design
Sebastian Bark, Jeff McGrory
Video Design
Miles Chalcraft
Costume Design
Ingken Benesch
Set Realisation
Lena Mody
Lighting Design and Technical Management
Chris Umney
Dramaturgy and Production Management
Christina Runge
Artistic Assistant
Mat Hand
Costume Assistant
Claudia Gali
Set Realisation Assistant
Julia Buntzel
Directing Interns
Patty Hamilton, Amina Nouns
Gob Squad Management
Eva Hartmann
Creation (Pictures for Dorian) is a production by Gob Squad and HAU Hebbel am Ufer Berlin. Developed with support from Center Theatre Group, Los Angeles, CA. In co-production with Münchner Kammerspiele, Schauspiel Leipzig, Schlachthaus Theater Bern. A LIFT, Brighton Festival and Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts commission. An Imagine 2020 (2.0) project, supported by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union. Supported using public funding by Arts Council of England.

Creation (Pictures for Dorian) is funded by the state of Berlin, Chancellery of the Berlin Senate for Culture and Europe.

Gob Squad is regularly funded by the state of Berlin between 2015 to 2018, Chancellery of the Berlin Senate for Culture and Europe.