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Picture: Garrett Davis / Capture Imaging
Western Society by Gob Squad
Picture: Garrett Davis / Capture Imaging
Picture: David Baltzer
Western Society by Gob Squad
Picture: David Baltzer
Picture: David Baltzer
Western Society by Gob Squad
Picture: David Baltzer
Picture: David Baltzer
Western Society von Gob Squad
Picture: David Baltzer
Picture: David Baltzer
Western Society by Gob Squad
Picture: David Baltzer
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Gob Squad

Western Society

The starting point of Gob Squad’s performance is a home video found on the internet. The individual sequences of movement in the living room society are meticulously deciphered, dismantled and reassembled. This creates a panorama of Western society in the 21st century, half nightmare, half social utopia.

According to the New York Times “a haunting, funny vision of a society that shifts from total inclusivity to isolating exclusion.” After countless performances at home and abroad,"Western Society" returns to HAU where it all began.
Current Performances
Fri 23.11.2018, 21:00 / HAU1
Sat 24.11.2018, 21:00 / HAU1
Past dates
October 2013, November 2013, April 2014, January 2015, January 2016, May 2016, March 2017, March 2018
English and German
120 min
Concept / Direction
Gob Squad
Performance and development
Johanna Freiburg, Sean Patten, Damian Rebgetz, Tatiana Saphir, Sharon Smith, Berit Stumpf, Sarah Thom, Bastian Trost and Simon Will
Berlin Cast
Sharon Smith, Berit Stumpf, Sarah Thom, Simon Will
Sound Design
Jeff McGrory, Torsten Schwarzbach
Video
Miles Chalcraft, Kathrin Krottenthaler
Costumes
Emma Cattell and Kerstin Honeit
Stage Design
Lena Mody
Technical Direction & Light Design
Chris Umney, Max Wegner
Dramaturgy / Production Management
Christina Runge
Assistant Production Management
Mat Hand, Lena Mody
Stage Director Internship
Sarah Sarina Rommedahl, Sophie Galibert
Management
Eva Hartmann
Premiere Oct 5 2013
Rerun March 17 2018
Production and develpoment in collaboration with Center Theatre Group, Michael Ritchie, Artistic Director (Los Angeles, CA). Coproduction: HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Spielart Festival (München) and brut (Wien). Gob Squad Arts Collective received institutional support as part of the concept period 2015 - 2019 by the Senate Department of Culture.