Thurs-Sat 8PM, Matinee Saturday- 4PM. Shakespeare’s King Lear inspires a contemporary reflection on the modern realities of aging and parenthood with actors sharing the stage with their real-life fathers.
She She Pop and their fathers (Berlin, Germany)
Presented by the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival, Goethe-Institut Toronto and SFU Woodward’s
January 24-26, 2013 8:00PM
Matinee January 26 4:00PM
Fei and Milton Wong Experimental Theatre, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings Street
Belated Preparations for a New Generation based on Lear
Better thou, hadst not been born than not t’ have pleased me better. (King Lear Act 1, Scene 1)
Berlin-based performance collective She She Pop skillfully lays bare the modern realities of aging and parenthood in Testament—a frank, tender, and brutally honest deconstruction of Shakespeare’s King Lear. Standing on stage with their real-life fathers, they confront the issues of legal successions, hereditary diseases, home care plans, gas receipts, and the overbearing sense of guilt behind their own paternal relationships. Chosen in 2011 as one of Germany’s top ten productions for the prestigious Berliner Theatertreffen (Berlin), this absurd and touching story speaks to complicated generational trade-offs and bartered deals between father and daughter that inevitably go sour.
>>Rarely do the great questions of life present themselves on stage so spirited and full of feeling, so touching and allusive…. Absolutely remarkable<< New Zurich Times
She She Pop, a collective of six women and one man, create theatre for the stage, conference tables, ballrooms, campfires and candlelit blind dates. Their work focuses on responsibility, risk and the engagement of audiences in a way that offers viewers a glimpse at the reality of making and participating in a work of art. This award-winning collective was founded in 1998 and travels regularly to various independent theaters and festivals internationally and throughout the German-speaking world.
Tickets: Advance $27-33 | Door $29-35
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A She She Pop production. Co-Produced with the Hebbel am Ufer Berlin, Kampnagel Hamburg and FFT Düsseldorf. Funded by the City of Berlin, the City of Hamburg and the Fonds Darstellende Künste e.V.
Concept: She She Pop
By and with: Sebastian and Joachim Bark*, Johanna Freiburg, Fanni and Peter Halmburger, Lisa Lucassen*, Mieke and Manfred Matzke*, Ilia and Theo Papatheodorou*, Berit Stumpf (*appearing onstage).
Stage: SSP und Sandra Fox. Costumes: Lea Søvsø. Music: Christopher Uhe. Lighting: Sven Nichterlein. Sound: Florian Fischer. Assistant and Dramaturgical Advice: Kaja Jakstat. Production and PR: ehrliche arbeit – freies Kulturbüro. Administration: Elke Weber
Post-Show Talkback January 25, led by Kathleen Oliver
Duration: 120 min, no intermission
In German with English subtitles
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