VOLKSBÜHNE
Berlin
Yael Bartana
What if Women Ruled the World?
12.–14.04.18
main stage

Drama, Visual arts
English

The end of the world is drawing near, it's two minutes before midnight. In the cabinet of a country with a pacifist constitution and a state disarmament programme, the president and her ministers face a dilemma. Another country is breaking a joint international agreement by announcing an increase in its nuclear stockpiles. Will they abandon their one-sided disarmament or continue with their original programme?

Inspired by Stanley Kubrick’s satire Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb(1964), Yael Bartana brings actresses together with different, internationally renowned experts for every performance. Intertwining fiction and serious political experiment, together they attempt to solve pressing global problems and keep the Doomsday Clock from reaching midnight.

In her films, installations, photographs and theatre projects, Yael Bartana, born in Afula, Israel in 1970 and now based in Berlin, explores the imagery of identity and the politics of memory. She garnered renown for her film trilogy And Europe Will Be Stunned, which represented Poland at the Venice Biennale in 2011.

Produktion: Volksbühne Berlin, Manchester International Festival, Aarhus, Kulturhauptstadt Europas 2017

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Cast 12.04.:

President: Olwen Fouéré
Vice President: Antje Stahl
Peace Secretary: Jo Martin
Army Chief of Staff: Noa Bodner
State Secretary: Anne Tismer

Experts: Ambassador Patricia Flor, Dr Carina Van Meyn, Paula Peters, May Zeidani, Heather Linebaugh

Concept, text, director: Yael Bartana
Stage design: Saygel & Schreiber
Curator: Elodie Evers
Dramaturgical assistance: Alan Twitchell
Selection of experts: Phoebe Greenwood
Artistic producer: Chris Barrett

Ambassador Patricia Flor served as Germany’s Ambassador to Georgia and was Director for Eastern Europe and EU Special Representative for Central Asia. She served as Director-General for the United Nations and Global Issues at the Federal Foreign Office and as has held posts including the UN Commission on the Status of Women. In March 2015 Ambassador Flor was appointed Federal Government Commissioner for Disarmament and Arms Control as well as Director-General for International Order, the United Nations and Arms Control at the Federal Foreign Office in Berlin.

Dr Carina Van Meyn is an Assistant Professor at the Royal Danish Defense College in Copenhagen. Her research centres on the construction of national security strategy, particularly in the nuclear policy domain, the nuclear priesthood, and national cyber strategies.

Paula Peters is Vice President (Europe, Russia, Turkey, Australia) at the international petition platform change.org and based in Berlin. Under her leadership change.org grew up from 60,000 to 1.5 million users in a year. Previously, Paula was responsible for social media and online campaigning at WWF.

May Zeidani is a social scientist and activist based in Berlin. Her work explores postcolonial migration societies in Europe and the processes of identity-making in Palestine and Israel. She is a project officer with Insaan e.V., the co-host of Reboot.fm’s radio show, Talking Feminisms and an activist with the Caravan of Migrants and Refugees.

Heather Linebaugh joined the United States Air Force at 19. She worked in the unmanned aircraft sector and was involved in drone operations during the Global War on Terror. After leaving the military she became an activist for mental healthcare for veterans. Today, she is a student in Comparative Literature with a focus on Linguistics and French.

Cast 13.04.:

President: Olwen Fouéré
Vice President: Anat Saragusti
Peace Secretary: Jo Martin
Army Chief of Staff: Alix Wilton Regan
State Secretary: Anne Tismer

Experts: Jelia Sane, Sophia Besch, Virginia Wangare Greiner, Kübra Gümüsay, Christine Muttonen

Concept, text, director: Yael Bartana
Stage design: Saygel & Schreiber
Curator: Elodie Evers
Dramaturgical assistance: Alan Twitchell
Selection of experts: Phoebe Greenwood
Artistic producer: Chris Barrett

Jelia Sane is a barrister who has worked for a large range of international organisations and NGOs based in London. She practices in all areas of immigration and asylum, human rights and public international law. Previously she has worked for the International Criminal Court, the UN and the Khmer Rouge Trials in Cambodia.

Sophia Besch is a research fellow at the Centre for European Reform in London. She works on European defence issues, with a focus on EU Common Defence and Security Policy, European defence industry cooperation, NATO and German security and defence policy.

Virginia Wangare Greiner is a social worker with refugees and campaigner for rights of migrant women based in Frankfurt am Main. She is the founder of Maisha e.V., a psychosocial centre in Frankfurt; Director of the German National Platform of MigrantWomen (DaMigra) and Chair of INTEGRA (the national umbrella organisation that works primarily on FGM/FGC). In 2017 she was awarded the Elisabeth Norgall International Award.

Kübra Gümüsay is a political scientist and journalist who is active in the integration debate. She writes and speaks on feminism, the Internet, racism and multicultural societies and is based in Berlin.

Christine Muttonen is a former leading Austrian parliamentarian and President of the OSCE PA (Parliamentary Assembly of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe) based in Vienna. She was foreign and European policy spokeswoman for the Social Democratic parliamentary group and co-President of “Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament”. Muttonen is committed to strengthening conflict resolution capacities in international organisations.

Cast 14.04.:

President: Olwen Fouéré
Vice President: Anat Saragusti
Peace Secretary: Jo Martin
Army Chief of Staff: Alix Wilton Regan
State Secretary: Anne Tismer

Experts: Lisa Ling, Dr Beyza Unal, Carmen Wunderlich, Dr Sarai Aharoni

Concept, text, director: Yael Bartana
Stage design: Saygel & Schreiber
Curator: Elodie Evers
Dramaturgical assistance: Alan Twitchell
Selection of experts: Phoebe Greenwood
Artistic producer: Chris Barrett

Lisa Ling joined the military in 1991, serving as an army medic and nurse before transferring to the Air National Guard (ANG). She decided to speak out after traveling to Afghanistan and seeing for herself how what she participated in was not a war on terror, but a war of terror. She has spoken out against armed drones killing with inaccurate data, and the programs immense unchecked power around the world.

Dr Beyza Unal is a research fellow with the International Security Department at Chatham House, London. She specializes in nuclear weapons policies and leads projects on chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear weapons. She formerly worked at NATO.

Carmen Wunderlich is a postdoctoral research associate at the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (PRIF) and the Peace Research Center Prague (PRCP). Her research focuses on global norm dynamics, particularly regarding the control of weapons of mass destruction; nuclear disarmament as well as – most recently – (de-)radicalization processes in the context of violent extremism.

Dr Sarai Aharoni is a lecturer in Gender studies at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel. She has published articles on gender, peace and conflict in Israel and co-edited the book Where Are All the Women? U.N. Security Council Resolution 1325: Gender Perspectives of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (2004). Dr Aharoni is one of the founding members of the IWC (International Women’s Commission) and has been active in promoting women’s rights in Israel as a member of Isha l’Isha-Haifa Feminist Center.

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