VOLKSBÜHNE
Berlin

Image: Markus Selg

Coming Society
by Susanne Kennedy and Markus Selg

Performance, Visual arts
ca. 75 min
English

Premiere: 17.01.19
Ticket presale from 01.12.18

Coming Society is an attempt to see the future in the form of a community. The audience commences a journey through time, into a zone where one can move from station to station. In this landscape there is a group of men and women, who ‘transport’ the audience – healers, hosts, stalkers and shamans. They help and accompany the audience on this rite of passage and imagine a sphere in which nature, mathematics and spirituality combine.

In the installation performance Coming Society, the audience creates the dramaturgy themselves. Everyone embarks on a very personal voyage. Upon embarking upon the threshold and reaching the Zone, ne becomes actor and part of a game of evolution that is preparing the future society.

THE HUMAN GAME BEING PLAYED BY NATURE.

R: So you are an optimist?
T: Life is only going to get richer. I’m looking forward to it.
R: The old world is dying, and the new world struggles to be born. Now is the time of monsters!

Is there an inner evolution of man? Is there a possibility for self-development, for transgression of the subject? Nietzsche left us an uncomfortable idea with his idea of the ‘Übermensch’, the idea of man as something in need of overcoming: what have you done to overcome him? Coming Society speaks of a society attempting to overcome itself so as to welcome the next step in its evolution.

Coming Society is conceived by Susanne Kennedy in collaboration with the visual artist Markus Selg, Suzan Boogaerdt and van der Schoot.

A coproduction with the Theatre of Rotterdam

Cast

With: Suzan Boogaerdt, Ixchel Mendoza Hernandez, Jone San Martin, Dieter Rita Scholl, Kate Strong, Bianca van der Schoot, Ingmar Thilo, Frank Willens, Thomas Wodianka

Director, text and concept: Susanne Kennedy
Stage design and concept: Markus Selg
Artistic Collaboration: Bianca van der Schoot, Suzan Boogaerdt
Costumes: Andra Dumitrascu
Lighting: Rainer Casper
Video: Rodrik Biersteker
Sound design: Richard Janssen
Dramaturgy: Alan Twitchell

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