Gob Squad

Creation (Pictures for Dorian)


German / English / 90 mins.

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“It is the spectator, and not life, that art really mirrors.”
The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde

Gob Squad have travelled the world for the past 30 years and now find themselves well and truly middle-aged, with no desire to exit the stage just yet. In “Creation (Pictures for Dorian)”, three of Gob Squad are joined onstage by six 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, (Johanna Freiburg, Sean Patten, Sharon Smith, Berit Stumpf, Sarah Thom, Bastian Trost, Simon Will) / 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 / Outside Eye: Johanna Freiburg


  • Past
    Wed 2.5.2018, 20:00 / HAU2
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    Tue 20.11.2018, 19:00 / HAU2
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    Fri 23.11.2018, 19:00 / HAU2
    Tue 28.5.2019, 20:00 / HAU2
    Wed 12.2.2020, 19:00 / HAU2
    Thu 13.2.2020, 19:00 / HAU2
    Sun 30.1.2022, 19:00 / HAU2
    Mon 31.1.2022, 19:00 / HAU2
    Tue 1.2.2022, 19:00 / HAU2

The performance “Creation (Pictures for Dorian)” by Gob Squad on 1 February unfortunately has to be cancelled due to illness. Tickets purchased online will be refunded automatically. In other cases, please contact our ticketing team for a refund of tickets already paid for:

Access to this event according to 2G plus regulation (fully vaccinated + tested negative on the same day OR triple vaccinated without additional test). It is compulsory to wear an FFP2 mask, also during the performance. The seating for this event is arranged in a chequerboard pattern. Please find our complete hygiene policy here.


Production: Gob Squad, 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: Berlin Senate for Culture and Europe.

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