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Picture: Dorothea Tuch
The Empire Strikes Back: Kingdom of the Synthetic by Ariel Efraim Ashbel and friends
Picture: Dorothea Tuch
Picture: Dorothea Tuch
The Empire Strikes Back: Kingdom of the Synthetic by Ariel Efraim Ashbel and friends
Picture: Dorothea Tuch
Picture: Dorothea Tuch
The Empire Strikes Back: Kingdom of the Synthetic by Ariel Efraim Ashbel and friends
Picture: Dorothea Tuch
Picture: Dorothea Tuch
The Empire Strikes Back: Kingdom of the Synthetic by Ariel Efraim Ashbel and friends
Picture: Dorothea Tuch
Picture: Dorothea Tuch
The Empire Strikes Back: Kingdom of the Synthetic by Ariel Efraim Ashbel and friends
Picture: Dorothea Tuch
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Trailer "The Empire Strikes Back: Kingdom of the Synthetic"
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Ariel Efraim Ashbel and friends

The Empire Strikes Back: Kingdom of the Synthetic

“The Empire Strikes Back" is an experiment in sci-fi anthropology. Suffused with nostalgia for Empire, Ariel Efraim Ashbel takes his ensemble of performers, musicians, scientists, artifacts and robots on a voyage through the history of the future, the future of race and the science of difference. A work of visual and ideological hybridism, "The Empire Strikes Back" indulges in the arresting representational fierceness of Empire, while declaring war on both the violent racist legacies of 'humanism' and the uncreative dystopia of identity politics.

“The Empire Strikes Back” is the sequel to the piece “All White People Look The Same To Me,” which was the international troupe's debut in HAU3 in 2013. In an exuberant, hybrid revue, Ashbel's new work plays with a wide range of historical, textual, visual and musical references from Afrofuturism to constructivism, science fiction and Techno-culture. Taking off where his last show concluded, the Empire strikes at a further sensual, spatial and choreographic abstraction: from identity to the body; from representation to surface; from White people to the black box of the theater. Faced with fierce humanist resistance, Ashbel's mob of freedom fighters combats evil lords, opening up a horizon of new theatrical mutations and unimaginable spectacles.
Past dates
June 2015, July 2015, April 2016
English (language no problem)
85 min
Direction
Ariel Efraim Ashbel
Research and concept
Romm Lewkowicz
By and with
Santiago Blaum, Jessica Gadani, Tamara Saphir, Tatiana Saphir, Jan-Sebastian Šuba
Featuring
Hacklander\ Hatam, Mat Hand
Head of Visuals
Alona Rodeh
Costumes
Sandra Fink
Musical direction
Yoni Silver
Technology and technical direction
Yair Reshef
Lighting
Andreas Harder
Outside Eye
Stefanie Wenner
Assistant director
Joseph Wegmann
Production Intern
Daniel Sauermilch
Production and Press
björn & björn
Premiere Jun 30 2015
Production: Ariel Efraim Ashbel and friends. Co-production: HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Kampnagel (Hamburg), FFT (Düsseldorf). Funded by Capital Culture Fund Berlin.