Gob Squad

Creation (Pictures for Dorian)

Part of “Performing Arts Festival Berlin 2019”


German /  English /  approx. 100 min

“It is the spectator, and not life, that art really mirrors.”

                    ---- The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde



Creation is the realm of gods and artists, who create beauty through sheer will and their own bare hands. But who decides what is beautiful? And what are the concealed mechanisms of power that lie within the triangular relationship of artist, object and viewer? Gob Squad Arts Collective have travelled the world for the past 25 years and now find themselves well and truly middle-aged, with no desire to exit the stage just yet. In Creation (Pictures for Dorian), they are joined onstage by a diverse group of local performers a generation younger and a generation older than themselves. Their aim? To peep behind the vanity-mirror and search for answers to questions of beauty, morality, ageing and power, and to ask why they so crave the eye of the beholder.


The project is inspired by Oscar Wilde’s character, Dorian Gray, who meddles in the domain of the gods with the aid of a magical painting. He suspends the process of ageing and remains young and beautiful forever, at a terrible cost. There’s probably a little bit of Dorian in all of us. But what happens when he is denied the limelight forever?


Concept and Direction: Gob Squad / Performance: Gob Squad (Johanna Freiburg, Sean Patten, Sharon Smith, Berit Stumpf, Sarah Thom, Bastian Trost, Simon Will) and Berlin guests: Christopher Adams-Cohen, Rojin Anousha, Beatrice Cordua, Dietrich Novak, Naomi Odhiambo, Dieter Rita Scholl / Sound Design: Sebastian Bark, Jeff McGrory / Video Design: Miles Chalcraft, Noam Gorbat / Costume Design: Ingken Benesch / Set Realisation: Lena Mody / Lighting Design and Technical Management: Chris Umney / Dramaturgy and Production Management: Christina Runge / Artistic Assistant: Mat Hand, Amina Nouns / Costume Assistant: Claudia Gali / Set Realisation Assistant: Julia Buntzel / Production Assistant: Ben Mohai / Directing Interns: Patty Kim, Amina Nouns / Gob Squad Management: Eva Hartmann / Touring Manager: Mat Hand / UK Producer: Ayla Suveren


  • Past
    Wed 29.5.2019, 20:00 / HAU2
    Thu 30.5.2019, 20:30 / HAU2


Production: Gob Squad and HAU Hebbel am Ufer. Developed with the support from Center Theatre Group, Los Angeles, CA. Co-production: Münchner Kammerspiele, Schauspiel Leipzig, Wiebaden Biennale, Schlachthaus Theater Bern, LIFT London, Brighton Festival, Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts. An Imagine 2020 (2.0) Project supported by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union. Supported by: Arts Council of England.

Funded by the state of Berlin, Chancellery of the Berlin Senate for Culture and Europe.

Gob Squad Arts Collective received institutional support as part of the concept period (2015-2019) by the Senate Department of Culture and Europe. 

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