Picture: Jade Mainade
Creation (Pictures for Dorian) by Gob Squad
Picture: Jade Mainade
Creation (Pictures for Dorian) by Gob Squad
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Gob Squad

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
Production: Gob Squad and HAU Hebbel am Ufer. Developed with the support from Center Theatre Group, Los Angeles, CA. Co-production: Münchner Kammerspielen, Schauspiel Leipzig, Wiebaden Biennale, Schlachthaus Theater Bern, LIFT London, Brighton Festival, Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts. An magine 2020 (2.0) Project supported by the Creative Europe Programme of the European UnionSupported by: Arts Council of England.Funded by: The Senate Department for Culture and Europe, Berlin.Gob Squad Arts Collective received institutional support as part of the concept period 2015-2018 by the Senate Department of Culture and Europe.