Creation - Pictures for Dorian


Photo: David Baltzer / Bildbuehne.de
Photo: David Baltzer / Bildbuehne.de
Photo: David Baltzer / Bildbuehne.de
Photo: David Baltzer / Bildbuehne.de

  Oscar Wilde’s literary character Dorian Gray makes a Faustian pact: amagical portrait ages instead of him, but also displays the marks of his sinfultransgressions. While Gray becomes more and more excessive, vulgar and cruel,his external appearance remains young and flawless. In the new production bythe performance collective Gob Squad, the stage becomes a utopian space. Theperformers all share their experiences of a life in the limelight, using theirbodies as capital, which are publically exhibited and looked at. But onstagethey also have the chance to try out the lives, experiences and identities ofothers, and to paint over them. As if by magic, a group of elderly peoplesuddenly turns into a group of teenagers  picture frames, canvases and mirror walls arerepeatedly moved and rearranged, producing unexpected new images, portraits andperspectives. Gob Squad explores the theme of seeing and being seen under thevoyeuristic gaze of the audience. Who has control over whom?Who is manipulatingand steering whom?And what does it mean to lose control over yourself and your body?Gob Squad! In Wiesbaden for the third time – After their extravagant version ofTolstoy’s “War and Peace” at the last WIESBADEN BIENNALE and “Western Society”at the May Festival, the British-German performance collective are back onceagain in 2018!