United Kingdom, Germany
CONCEPT AUTHORS: Johanna Freiburg, Sean Patten, Sharon Smith, Berit Stumpf, Sarah Thom, Bastian Trost, Simon Will
DRAMATURGY AND PRODUCTION: Christina Runge
LIGHTING DESING AND TECHNICAL MANAGEMENT: Chris Umney
SOUND DESIGN: Sebastian Bark, Jeff McGrory
VIDEO DESIGN: Miles Chalcraft, Noam Gorvat
COSTUME DESIGN: Ingken Benesch
COSTUME ASSISTANT: Claudia Gali
SET REALISATION: Lena Mody
SET REALISATION ASSISTANT: Julia Buntzel
ARTISTIC ASSISTANTS: Mat Hand, Amina Nouns
PRODUCTION ASSISTANT: Ben Mohai
DIRECTING INTERNS: Patty Kim, Amina Nouns
TOURING MANAGER: Mat Hand
LOCAL ASSISTANT: Eglė Švedkauskaitė
APPEARANCE IN LITHUANIA SPONSORED BY: GOETHE INSTITUT LITAUEN
DURATION: 120 min.
PREMIERE: 2018, HAU Hebbel am Ufer Berlin, Germany
LANGUAGE: English, with Lithuanian translation
TRANSLATION BY: Miroslav Bingel and Auksė Kuokštienė
RECOMMENDED AGE: 12+
DATE: 2, 3 October 2019, 20:00
VENUE: Arts Printing House, Black Hall (Šiltadaržio str. 6, Vilnius)
DISCUSSION AFTER THE PERFORMANCE (in English)
MODERATOR: Eglė Murauskaitė
DATE: 2 October, 22:15
VENUE: Arts Printing House, Cafe
“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, Wiesbaden Biennale, 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.
The world is yours for a season.
Creation is the realm of gods and artists who create beauty through sheer will and their own bare hands. But who decides what is beautiful? And what are the concealed mechanisms of power that lie within the triangular relationship of artist, object, and viewer?
At times a conversation, at times an assault on the voyeuristic nature of our social media society and its obsession with youth and beauty, this production of GOB SQUAD deals with the understanding of beauty and youth in our lives.
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)”, the actors of GOB SQUAD 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 about 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.
“What does it mean to be visible, invisible, looked at and regarded as an object of beauty?”
Simon Will, GOB SQUAD
The gaps between our-real-life-selves as opposed to our-online-selves have been constantly widening. Have we created ourselves as we create our selfies? Perhaps the world belongs to us just for a single brief season when we’re young, healthy, and beautiful?
GOB SQUAD is a collective of British and German artists creating performances, installations, theatre shows, and video art since 1994. Based in Nottingham and Berlin, GOB SQUAD present their work in various urban spaces including offices, shops, train stations, hotels, as well as galleries and theatres.
While merging film, TV, and pop music elements into theatre, GOB SQUAD examine our intricate and absurd contemporary world in search of beauty and meaning among the polished façades and dark alleys of contemporary culture.
It is not unusual GOB SQUAD to juxtapose the visions they construct on stage to our everyday lives, which brings out the clash of theatre and “the real world”.
Both Lithuania and “Sirenos” will witness GOB SQUAD’s second visit: the first one was in Vilnius, with a play “Super Night Shot” in 2011.