Concept: Gob Squad –– Production: Gob Squad (Germany)
Devised and performed by: Johanna Freiburg, Sean Patten, Damian Rebgetz, Tatiana Saphir, Sharon Smith, Berit Stumpf, Sarah Thom, Bastian Trost, Simon Will –– Video Design: Miles Chalcraft, Kathrin Krottenthaler –– Sound Design: Jeff McGrory, Torsten Schwarzbach –– Technical Coordinator and Lighting Design: Chris Umney, Max Wegner –– Costumes: Emma Cattell & Kerstin Honeit –– Set Design: Lena Mody –– Dramaturgy and Production Management: Christina Runge –– Artistic Assistant: Mat Hand, Lena Mody –– Gob Squad Management: Eva Hartmann –– Production: Gob Squad (Germany) –– Western Society was originally commissioned by and developed with support from: Center Theatre Group, Michael Ritchie, Artistic Director, Los Angeles, CA. ––The World Premiere Production of Western Society was originally produced by: HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Berlin, Spielart Festival Munich & brut Vienna –– Coproduction: A House on Fire, with the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union. –– Financial support: Kulturverwaltung Berlin
Western Society is a portrait of civilisation in the 21st century, like a frame through which we can peep into the living room of an unknown family, and recognize ourselves. Fascinated with technology, Gob Squad zoom the camera directly into the centre of the western home, bringing back a fairly unspectacular unwatched video of an anonymous living room, of a family gathering somewhere at the edge of the western world. There’s a party going on. A room full of people. Family, friends and strangers are all being held together by a karaoke machine: alone together and together alone. What are we doing here? What is this? Is this happiness? The performers keep asking themselves the same questions, wondering how the hell they got where they are today.
“It is absolutely fascinating how Gob Squad dismantle the images of our living room society and reconstruct them with such finesse. The show has an irresistible magic and is quite simply a barrel load of fun.” (Berliner Morgenpost)
“Western Society is a perfect Gob Squad show - a tightrope walk between performance, video installation, interactive live film and improvisation... This is theatre in its purest and best form - ingeniously put together, extremely funny, entertaining, crazy and with a charming whiff of anarchy in the air.” (Kulturradio Rbb)
Performance in English with Romanian and German translations