Germany / Great Britain

Gob Squad – War and Peace

A production of Gob Squad and Münchner Kammerspiele, in coproduction with Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz Berlin, Schauspiel Leipzig, Konfrontacje Teatralne Festival Lublin, Lancaster Arts at Lancaster University, Malthouse Theatre, Melbourne Festival, Gessnerallee Zürich, Nottingham Playhouse, Teatro Stabile di Torino – National Theatre.
Gob Squad Arts Collective is regularly funded from 2015 to 2018 by the federal state Berlin, Senatskanzlei - Cultural Affairs.

German and English.

Photo: David Baltzer
Photo: David Baltzer/ bildbühne.de
Photo: David Baltzer/ bildbühne.de

Leo Tolstoy’s novel “War and Peace”. The monumental literary work of Russian social realism. The British-German performance collective Gob Squad – winner of numerous awards and internationally renowned – has set itself the challenge of bringing this novel onto the stage. – Just like in the time of the Russian aristocracy in the nineteenth century, a group of artists meet in a salon. Far from the current crisis zones of the world – warm and safe – their conversations keep returning to “War and Peace”. They dance, eat, dress up and have duels. Almost in passing, Gob Squad addresses the great questions of our time: the origin of conflicts, our privileges, freedom and our individual responsibility. How carefree and comfortably can we live with the knowledge of the suffering, chaos and damage that is partly caused by our everyday ‘peaceful’ lifestyles? – After their celebrated show in the Maifestspiele 2015, Gob Squad returns to Wiesbaden!

Cast

Concept and Direction Gob Squad
Sound Designer Jeff McGrory
Video Miles Chalcraft
Stage Designer Romy Kießling
Lighting Designer Andreas Rehfeld
Costume Designer Ingken Benesch
Dramaturgy Johanna Höhmann, Christina Runge
Artistic Adviser Mat Hand
Performance Niels Bormann, Katja Bürkle, Johanna Freiburg, Sean Patten, Damian Rebgetz, Tatiana Saphir, Sharon Smith, Berit Stumpf, Sarah Thom, Laura Tonke, Bastian Trost, Simon Will