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German debut of Yael Bartana's What if Women Ruled the World? on 12 April

On 12 April, the Volksbühne presents Yael Bartana’s What if Women Ruled the World? for the first time in Germany. The end of the world is drawing near, it's two and a half 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.

Participating experts include: DaMigra (an umbrella organisation for work with marginalised migrants) Director Virginia Wangare Greiner (Frankfurt), political scientist Kübra Gümüsay (Berlin), expert on nuclear weapons Dr. Beyza Unal (London), researcher at the Peace Research Institut Frankfurt Carmen Wunderlich, Vice-President Paula Peters (Berlin) and Royal Danish Defence College Professor Carina Meyn. Participating actresses include: Olwen Fouéré, Jo Martin and Anne Tismer.

What if Women Ruled the World?
Debut on Thursday, 12 April 2018 at 7:30 pm
Further performances on 13 and 14 April
Q&A with Yael Bartana on 14 April following the performance
Volksbühne Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz, main stage
Event in English.

A co-production from the Volksbühne Berlin, Manchester International Festival and Aarhus / 2017 European Capital of Culture.

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