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Gob Squad – Live Long and Prosper

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Feb 25, 2016
Feb 25, 2016
Elebash Recital Hall
Photo courtesy of the artists

Photo courtesy of the artists

12:30pm – 1:00pm
Gob Squad – Live Long and Prosper (Germany/UK, 2008-2009)
20 minutes | Elebash Recital Hall (180 seats)
English and German

What: Seven film sequences are re-staged by seven performers across the city of Berlin. Shown on two screens, the devices of narrative film are doubled up and reflected back on themselves in a cinematic game of ‘spot the difference’.

Where: The mountains of the Wild West become escalators in the central station, a battlefield from a historic war becomes a city fairground and the interior of the Starship Enterprise is played by Pfennigland – a discount shop.

The intertwined sequences and their doppelgangers weave simultaneously towards their inevitably tragic ends. Performers prepare and play-out their scenes with tender seriousness, leaving a trail of pretend corpses, extracted from their borrowed sources and abandoned in cinematic pull backs that reveal everyday urban life continuing around them.


Photo by Garrett Davis/Capture Imaging

Photo by Garrett Davis/Capture Imaging

Gob Squad is a seven headed monster, an arts collective with seven bosses. Gob Squad has a schizophrenic identity and a multiple split personality: hermaphrodite, binational and bilingual, both a patchwork family and a social utopia. Gob Squad have been devising, directing, and performing together since 1994, working where theatre meets art, media, and real life. Gob Squad is regularly funded from 2015 to 2018 by the State Berlin, Senatskanzlei – Kulturelle Angelegenheiten.

Live Long and Prosper is a Gob Squad production funded by Berliner Kulturverwaltung.