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Gob Squad | CAMPO
Before Your Very Eyes
18.11. | 19:00 - 20:15
Gasteig Carl-Orff-Saal
19.11. | 20:00 - 21:15
Gasteig Carl-Orff-Saal
Entrance € 15,00
Reduced € 9,00
tickets online

Ladies and Gentlemen!
Gob Squad proudly present real live children!
A rare and magnificent opportunity to witness seven lives lived in fast forward…
Before. Your. Very. Eyes!


For the first time in their 17-year history the English-German performance collective Gob Squad is not on the stage themselves, but rather they have directed a group of children between the ages of 8 and 14. In a one-way mirrored cube they present seven lives in a summary at fast-forward speed: They tell about the years in which life without a stuffed polar bear and beanbags was inconceivable, about parties during the teenage years, about dreary sushi meals for a person in his or her mid-forties, about age and death. An evening of theater that casts a disillusioning light on the typical biographies of wealthy and educated European citizens, and yet at the same time it conciliates through the unrestricted joy in acting on the part of the young performers.


In Flemish Language with German supertitles.


Artist talk:

on November 19th,

Moderation: Max Philipp Aschenbrenner (Südpol, Luzern)

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concept, design, direction: Gob Squad (Johanna Freiburg, Sean Patten, Berit Stumpf, Sarah Thom, Bastian Trost, Simon Will) developed with: Martha Balthazar, Maurice Belpaire, Spencer Bogaert, Zoë Breda, Faustijn De Ruyck, Ramses De Ruyck, Fons Dhossche, Tasja Doom, Gust Hamerlinck, Robbe Langeraert, Zoë Luca, Jeanne Vandekerckhove, Aiko Vanparys, Ineke Verhaegen with: Martha Balthazar, Spencer Bogaert, Jeanne Vandekerckhove, Zoë Luca, Faust De Ruyck, Gust Haemerlinck, Ineke Verhaegen voice over: Rigley Riley performance coach: Pascale Petralia sound design: Sebastian Bark, Jeff McGrory, Gob Squad costumes: An Breughelmans, Gob Squad

Gob Squad is a group of UK and German artists, working collectively with performance, theatre, installation and video since 1994. Based in Nottingham and Berlin the group makes and presents its work in urban sites such as offices, houses, shops, railway stations and hotels as well as in galleries and theatres. Using the language of film, TV and pop music to explore the complexities and absurdities of life today, Gob Squad’s work is a search for beauty, meaning and humanity amongst the glittering facades and dark corners of contemporary culture. Gob Squad often place home-made magic and spectacle next to the banality of everyday life, setting theatre and the “real world” on a collision course and capturing the results on video. Sometimes improvised, sometimes strictly choreographed, the work is provocative, entertaining and emotionally charged. Gob Squad's permanent members are Johanna Freiburg, Sean Patten, Berit Stumpf, Sarah Thom, Bastian Trost and Simon Will. Other artists are invited to collaborate on particular projects. Current collaborators include Dariusz Kostyra, Ilia Papatheodorou, Erik Pold, Elyce Semenec, Sharon Smith, Nina Tecklenburg and Laura Tonke (performance), Sebastian Bark and Jeff McGrory (sound design) and Miles Chalcraft and Robert Shaw (video).


+Production and realization

realization:CAMPO and Gob Squad in cooperation with HAU/Hebbel am Ufer (Berlin), Forum Freies Theater (Düsseldorf), Noorderzon/Grand Theatre Groningen, Next Festival, Eurometropole Lille-Kortrijk-Tournai + Valenciennes, Künstlerhaus Mousonturm (Frankfurt), La Bâtie Festival (Genève)