Gob Squad members work collaboratively on the concept, direction and performance of their work – there are no determined actors and directors. This time, famous European renegades created the historical defile based on Tolstoy`s novel. Lenin, Marilyn Monroe, nowadays politicians and Anna Pavlovna Sherer guests appear on stage. They dance, dine, duel while performers try to reframe main Russian epopee created a century and a half ago. As a result the barrier between art and reality, history and present days, stage and the audience vanishes.
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.