WAR AND PEACE. Director «Gob Squad»

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Сountries: Germany
City: Munich
Place: Muncher Kammerspiele
Address: Maximilianstraße, 26
Date of premiere March 23rd 2016

Far from the shifting borders of conflict and violence, in a place ravaged by peace, a group of artists attempt to hold a salon, a gathering similar to those held in High Society Russia at the beginning of the 19th century. Their intention is to contemplate “War and Peace”, a book written over almost a century and half ago, but also real war and real peace which defines history and the perspective from which it’s told.

Throughout the evening guests are introduced according to rank and status, in a never ending parade of characters that reaches beyond the pages of the novel. Dances are danced, meals are prepared and duels are fought. Performers prepare for scenes as if going to battle, in a game of shifting perspectives and extremely subjective opinions on what actually happens not only in the book, the film, the TV series but also in the world at large.

Playful and improvised, Gob Squad’s War and Peace searches the performers’ own backdrops of conflict, notions of freedom, privilege and safety.  Duty and the individual versus community are discussed through the ordinariness of day-to-day life. In a modern day attempt to address one of Tolstoy's concerns: how should one live a moral life in an ethically imperfect world? Or in our times, how can we live inside capitalism, comfortable in the knowledge of the absolute damage and suffering that our daily, ordinary ‘peaceful’ lifestyles promise?

War and Peace is a new live video performance by Gob Squad, a collective reading experience of a historic novel, in which art and daily life, history and the present, reality and fiction blur and everybody becomes a potential protagonist.

Gob Squad build on previous works like “Prater Saga”, “Western Society”, “Super Night Shot” and “Revolution Now!” in terms of casting characters from the street or the audience in fictional set-ups, reconstructions and personal storylines.

Their performance of "Before Your Very Eyes" - a play with children for adults, set in Campo, Geneva - was invited to the 2012 Berlin Festival Teatertreffen. Gob Squad with their large-format performances are often involved in national and international festivals, and in 2014 they have celebrated their 20th anniversary.

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Photo: David Baltzer
Performance dates
11 December 18:00 WAR AND PEACE. Director «Gob Squad»
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