Gob Squad’s Kitchen

Gob Squad Arts Collective (Berlin, Germany/Nottingham, UK)

January 16–18
Fei & Milton Wong Experimental Theatre, SFU's Goldcorp Centre for the Arts
149 West Hastings Street

8:00PM (100 min, no intermission)

PuSh Conversations:
Post-Performance Talk: January 17

Act 1: Eat 1 with Dine Out Vancouver:
Gob Squad's Kitchen paired with Salt Tasting Room: January 16

Accessible PuSh:
American Sign Language Interpreted Performance: January 18

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It’s 1965: pop, subculture, superstars, feminism, drugs, bright lights and sex. Gob Squad’s Kitchen travels back to the underground cinemas of New York City and playfully deploys an arsenal of live video and performance techniques to celebrate the culture-bending heyday of Andy Warhol’s Factory. The Edie Sedgwick vehicle Kitchen is the starting point: the original film, directed by the era’s reigning King of Pop, encapsulates the hedonistic, experimental energy of the Swinging ’60s. As Sedgwick said, “I live my part too—only I can’t figure out what my part is in this movie.”

Now Gob Squad has set the task of reconstructing Kitchen as a theatrical experience. Live recreations of scenes from the original film—acted out on bare-bones sets and viewed as black and white projections—are spliced with other Warhol celluloid adventures to evoke an elusive, mythic time and place. How did people dance in 1965? What did they talk about? Had feminism happened, or yet to begin? Gob Squad’s Kitchen is a journey back in time and back to the future again: a quest for the original, the authentic, the here and now, the real me, the real you, the hidden depths beneath the shiny surfaces of modern life.

Gob Squad’s Kitchen is one of the company’s most widely toured shows, having been performed well over 100 times throughout Europe and beyond. Gob Squad Arts Collective, a group of seven artists, has been devising, directing and performing since 1994, working where theatre meets art, media and real life.

>> This feels like one of the most impossible, beautiful, courageous and epic theatrical experiences you can imagine. << The Guardian

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Tickets: Advance $27–33 | Door $29–35
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Group rate: $23

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Concept: Gob Squad Arts Collective | Creators & performers: Johanna Freiburg, Sean Patten, Berit Stumpf, Sarah Thom, Bastian Trost, Simon Will, Sharon Smith, Nina Tecklenburg, Laura Tonke | Guest performer: Erik Pold | Video artists: Miles Chalcraft, Martin Cooper | Sound designers: Jeff Mcgrory, Jeffrey Fisher | Stage designers: Gob Squad, Chasper Bertschinger | Production manager & dramaturge: Christina Runge | UK producer: Ayla Suveren | Artistic Assistants: Tina Pfurr, Sophia Simitzis | Tour Manager: Mat Hand | Manager: Eva Hartmann

Production supported by Volksbühne AM Prater, Berlin, Donaufestival Niederoesterreich, Nottingham Playhouse, Fierce!; funded by The Senatsverwaltung Fuer Wissenschaft, Forschung Und Kultur Berlin, Fonds Darstellende Kuenste E.V. Bonn & Arts Council of England

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