The hottest outfit in Berlin's performance scene takes on one of literature's most famously unread novels, but this book club might come with a body count. Notorious theatre renegades, Gob Squad make live video performances that unsettle the lines between the prepared and the improvised, performer and bystander, fiction and life. Here they set their sights on Tolstoy's gargantuan opus only to discover that neither war nor peace are coming without a fight. A never ending parade of characters dance, dine and duel while performers prepare for scenes as if going into battle, all in order to reframe Tolstoy’s central inquiry: can we live a moral life in an imperfect world? Are our peaceful lives themselves a kind of warfare? 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.
Founded in 1994, Gob Squad are a group of UK and German artists. They make performances and videos which search for beauty in the everyday, and look for words of wisdom from a passing stranger. An artists collective with seven core members, they work collaboratively on the concept, direction and performance of their work. They explore the point where theatre meets art, media and real life, constantly searching for new ways to combine media and performance, producing stage shows, Presented with Malthouse Theatre video installations, radio plays, interactive live films and urban interventions.
In English with Russian simultaneous translation
Duration: approx. 1 hour 45 minutes
Age limit 18+
World Premiere: 23rd March 2016, Münchner Kammerspiele
Gob Squad is regularly funded (2015 - 2018) by the State Berlin, Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa.
War and Peace is a production by Gob Squad and Münchner Kammerspiele. Incoproduction with Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg- Platz Berlin, Schauspiel Leipzig, Konfrontacje Teatralne Festival Lublin, Lancaster Arts at Lancaster University, Malthouse Theatre and Melbourne Festival, Gessnerallee Zürich, Nottingham Playhouse and Teatro Stabile di Torino – National Theatre.