The 10 Selected Productions
Before Your Very Eyes
By Gob Squad
World premiere 28 April 2011 Hebbel am Ufer – HAU 2, Berlin
Gob Squad / Campo, Ghent / Hebbel am Ufer, Berlin / FFT, Düsseldorf / Noorderzon, Grand Theatre, Groningen / Next Festival / Eurometropole Lille-Kortrijk-Tournai+Valenciennes / Künstlerhaus Mousonturm, Frankfurt / La Bâtie-Festival de Genève.
Seven lives in fast forward. Seven children on the brink of puberty are confronted in a glass container with interviews with themselves – recorded when they were two years younger. What was important then – like the cuddly stuffed polar bear – is of no interest now. What once seemed unimaginable – smoking – is now lived experience. How fast a life can change.
- approx. 1h 10, no interval
- English, Flemish with German (17 & 19) / English (18) surtitles
From there, with the help of costumes and jump cuts, we move forward into the future, passing through a youthful Goth phase, mid-life crises, pensioners’ exercise classes and finally death. The potential of childhood (“I can do this, and this…”) turns into the conditional of adulthood (“I could have done this, or that...”). Decisions are made, chances passed up. The performance collective Gob Squad’s sending these children into the game of life, full of great expectations and with no inkling of the sobering experience which inevitably awaits them, is an act of targeted cruelty. At the same time, however, their perspective lends a playful lightness to the final stages. Life would be terribly sad if it wasn’t so incredibly funny.
Concept, design and direction Gob Squad (Johanna Freiburg, Sean Patten, Berit Stumpf, SarahThom, Bastian Trost,
Performance coach Pascale Petralia
Costume design An Breughelmans, Gob Squad
Sound design Sebastian Bark, Jeff McGrory, Gob Squad
Technical staff Korneel Coessens, Bart Huybrechts
Camera Philippe Digneffe / Pol Heyvaert / Gob Squad
Faustijn De Ruyck
Rigley Riley Voice