Gob Squad & CAMPO: Before Your Very Eyes
Saturday, August 27th at 8 pm
Stara mestna elektrarna – Elektro Ljubljana
Eye to Eye with Oneself
Most probably you will not remember that moment from your childhood when you caught the sight of yourself in the mirror for the very first time. That bright reflection revealed the image of someone, who in the end turned out to be none other than you yourself – the creature you will have addressed as I from that moment on and for the rest of your life. If we were capable of entering that mirror, would we encounter ourselves on the other side? Rarely does a day go by without seeing oneself in the mirror, since it is there that one’s I resides and gradually also undergoes transformation as years go by in front of one’s very eyes.
And therefore: “Ladies and Gentlemen! Gob Squad proudly present a live show with real children. A rare and magnificent opportunity to witness seven lives lived in fast forward…
Before Your Very Eyes!”
For the first time in 17 years Gob Squad will not appear on stage themselves as they will be replaced by children. The audience will watch them in a safe room on the other side of the mirror as if they were insects in an empty glass jar. The children will stare in the audience, representing their future as grownups, who in turn nostalgically look behind for their own past.
Gob Squad is a group of British and German artists. Their performances and installations do not take place merely in theatres and galleries, but also in offices, shops, railway stations, and in hotel rooms. They use the language of film, television and pop music. They explore the complexities and absurdities of the present time. They are on the search for beauty, meaning and humane touch amongst the flashy facades and dark corners of contemporary culture.
Concept, design and 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
Performers in Ljubljana: Spencer Bogaert, Faustijn De Ruyck, Gust Hamerlinck, Zoë Luca, Jeanne Vandekerckhove, Aiko Vanparys, Ineke Verhaegen
Voice over: Rigley Riley
Performance coach: Pascale Petralia
Sound design: Sebastian Bark, Jeff McGrory, Gob Squad
Costumes: An Breughelmans, Gob Squad
Technical team: Korneel Coessens, Bart Huybrechts
Set construction: Atento
Camera: Philippe Digneffe, Pol Heyvaert, Gob Squad
Video post-production: Miles Chalcraft, Korneel Coessens, Sarah Michelle Harrison, Anna Zett, Gob Squad
Production assistants: Stephanie Dewachter, Hilde Tuinstra
Childcare: Merel Van Den Steen
Tour management: Leen De Broe, Mat Hand
Artistic co-ordination: Nele De Sloover
Production management: Wim Clapdorp, Christina Runge
Administrators: Carl Gydé, Eva Hartmann
Production: CAMPO & Gob Squad
Co-production: Hebbel am Ufer, Berlin; FFT Düsseldorf; Noorderzon/Grand Theatre Groningen; NEXT Festival, Eurometropole Lille-Kortrijk-Tournai + Valenciennes and Künstlerhaus Mousonturm, Frankfurt; La Bâtie – Festival de Genève (CH)
Gob Squad is funded by: Regierenden Bürgermeister von Berlin – Senatskanzlei Kulturelle Angelegenheiten
Duration: 70 minutes
The performance is in Dutch and English with Slovene subtitles.
Price of tickets: 10 € (7 €- secondary, primary school and university students, seniors)
Tickets available an hour prior to a event at Festival venues.