Douglas Gordon / Philip Venables / Ruth Rosenfeld / Ensemble Adapter

Bound to Hurt


English /  55min

Turner Prize-winning artist Douglas Gordon stages a dark musical journey into a world of an emotional state of emergency. Using a compilation of popular cover songs as a basis, one of the world’s most influential video and installation artists has developed a stage work about domestic violence in collaboration with British composer Philip Venables. In “Bound to Hurt” songs by artists as diverse as Donna Summer, Jacques Brel, Madonna, and Throbbing Gristle are re-imagined as surreal fantasies of violence. The performance is written for the extremely versatile singer and performer Ruth Rosenfeld, best known for her collaborations with theatre directors Frank Castorf and Herbert Fritsch. She is accompanied by members of the German-Icelandic Ensemble Adapter, one of the most experimental genre-crossers in New Music.


Music: Philip Venables / Direction and design: Douglas Gordon / Dramaturgy: Laura Berman / Collaboration direction: Jasmina Hadziahmetovic / With: Ruth Rosenfeld, Saraa Sigrist / Performance: Ensemble Adapter / (Gunnhildur Einarsdóttir, Harfe/harp /Matthias Engler, Schlagzeug/drums / Kristjana Helgadóttir, Flöte/flute / Iñigo Giner Miranda, Klavier / Keyboard/piano, keyboard / Ingólfur Vilhjálmsson, Klarinette/clarinet / Johannes Pennetzdorfer, Viola/viola) / Lighting design: Brian H Scott / Costume: Christel Rehm / Maske: Christian Fritzenwanker / Light: Sebastian Zamponi / Sound: Matthias Kirschke / Production Douglas Gordon: Zeynep Yücel / Production management HAU Hebbel am Ufer: Elisabeth Knauf / Assistance production: Christina Ostrowski


  • Past
    Wed 7.10.2015, 20:00 / HAU1
    Thu 8.10.2015, 20:30 / HAU1
    Fri 9.10.2015, 20:30 / HAU1
    Sat 10.10.2015, 20:30 / HAU1


Production: Oui. Coproduction: HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Internationales Sommerfestival Kampnagel (Hamburg) and Theater Basel. Supported by the Capital Cultural Fund Berlin.


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