Back to Back Theatre
Lady eats apple


AUSTRALIA // Theatre

Looking back through history, there are countless examples of deviance inspiring art – art which would not have been possible without it. The Australian ‘Back to Back Theatre’ is one such example. Inspired by James Turrell’s land art, Diane Arbus’ photographs and Kenneth Anger’s poetic films, director Bruce Gladwin’s collective and the ensemble of ‘intellectually disabled people’ have developed their own unmistakable style. LADY EATS APPLE is an enchanting, visually overwhelming triptych about the Garden of Eden, humanity’s long journey over thousands of years and the urban jungle of the present. In fantastical visual worlds, the Back to Back Theatre tells of the human limbo between life and death and the fundamental fear of recognising that, in the infinity of creation, man is as just as mortal as every animal and plant. A cosmic waltz develops between myth and reality, through the landscapes of the unconscious. It begins with God’s creation and ends with a cleaning crew armed with vacuum cleaners. Beneath a triple-arched canopy, the actors take the audience on a journey - neutral and divergent, they see the world differently to us: This is the perspective of the others, of strangers. And yet, exclusion and inclusion are not what’s at stake here. Art and its poetic possibilities remove these issues and create space to see the world in a new, different way.



Theater der Welt 2017

©Jeff Busby


Theater der Welt 2017

©Jeff Busby


Theater der Welt 2017

©Jeff Busby

European premiere


In English language with English and German surtitels
Performance with headphones

Due to the special stage set-up this production is not suitable for wheelchairs

DIRECTOR / CHOREOGRAPHER
Bruce Gladwin

COMPOSITION
Chris Abrahams

SET DESIGNER
Mark Cuthbertson

COSTUME DESIGNER
Eugyeene Teh

SOUND-DESIGN AND TOUR ENGINEER
Marco Cher-Gibard

SOUND-DESIGN AND MIX
Lachlan Carrick

LIGHTING DESIGN
Andrew Livingston, bluebottle

MULTIMEDIA
Rhian Hinkley

DRAMATURG
Melissa Reeves, Tamara Searle, Kate Sulan

 
CREATIVE DEVELOPMENT ARTISTS
Robbie Croft, Shio Otani,
Sonia Teuben, Brian Tilley

PRODUCTION MANAGER
Dans Maree Sheehan

PERFORMER
Mark Deans, Bruce Gladwin, Simon Laherty, Romany Latham, Brian Lipson, Sarah Mainwaring, Scott Price

This project is assisted by the Australian Government's Major Festivals Initiative, in association with the Confederation of Australian International Arts Festival Inc.

A co-production of Melbourne Festival, Adelaide Festival, Perth Festival, Carriageworks, Holland Festival, Wiener Festwochen and Theater der Welt 2017, with support from Keir Foundation, Thyne Reid Foundation

Funded by the Australian Government in the context of the Cultural Year Australia Now Germany 2017


Theater der Welt 2017

DATE / TIME


02.06. 19:00 – 20:15
European premiere

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Shuttle service to HAVEN - Das Festivalzentrum after the performance

03.06. 15:00 – 16:15
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Shuttle service to HAVEN - Das Festivalzentrum after the performance

03.06. 20:00 – 21:15
Artist talk after the performance
Shuttle service to HAVEN - Das Festivalzentrum before and after the artist talk
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04.06. 14:00 – 15:15
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04.06. 19:00 – 20:15
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Shuttle service to HAVEN - Das Festivalzentrum after the performance


LOCATION


Thalia Theater
Alstertor
20095 Hamburg


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TICKET PRICE


38 to 49 Euro / red. 12 to 15 Euro

ARTISTS

ACHILLE MBEMBE

Opening Speech
AN ETHICS OF CONSEQUENCES
25.05.
Thalia Theater


ACHILLE MBEMBE Cameroon / South Africa

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TIANZHUO CHEN

German premiere
ISHVARA

Music theatre / performance
25.05 - 27.05.
Thalia Theater


TIANZHUO CHEN China

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Lemi Ponifasio

World premiere
DIE GABE DER KINDER

Music performance
25.05. - 28.05.
Kakaospeicher


Lemi Ponifasio Samoa, New Zealand

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GEHEIMAGENTUR

Repertory Kampnagel
PORTS

Lecture Performance
25.05. & 26.05.
MS Stubnitz


GEHEIMAGENTUR Hamburg

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JOHAN SIMONS

Repertory Thalia Theater
DER SCHIMMELREITER

Theatre
25.05.
Thalia Theater


JOHAN SIMONS Hamburg

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FERNANDO RUBIO

European premiere
THE TIME BETWEEN US

Durational performance
25.05. - 29.05
HAVEN - Das Festivalzentrum


FERNANDO RUBIO Argentina

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PAPER TIGER THEATER STUDIO / TIAN GEBING

World premiere
500 METERS

Performance
26.05.-28.05
Thalia Gaußstraße


PAPER TIGER THEATER STUDIO / TIAN GEBING China

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WAEL SHAWKY

World premiere
THE SONG OF ROLAND:
THE ARABIC VERSION

Music performance
26.05. - 29.05.
Kampnagel, K2


WAEL SHAWKY Egypt / United Arab Emirates

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MONIRA AL QADIRI

German premiere
FEELING DUBBING

Performance
26.05.-28.05
Kampnagel, P1


MONIRA AL QADIRI France

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FLYNN & HUMPHREY

German premiere
FIVE SHORT BLASTS

Site-specific
26.-29.05 & 02.-04.06.
Bobby Reich/Anleger Meßberg


FLYNN & HUMPHREY Australien

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KORNÉL MUNDRUCZÓ

Premiere Thalia Theater
DIE WEBER

Theatre
27.05. & 28.05.
Thalia Theater


KORNÉL MUNDRUCZÓ Hamburg

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Antú Romero Nunes

Repertory Thalia Theater
MOBY DICK

Theatre
26.05.
Thalia Theater


Antú Romero Nunes Hamburg

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Ghalia Benali

GHALIA BENALI
Concert
28.05.
Kampnagel, K6


Ghalia Benali Tunisia / Belgium

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Antú Romero Nunes

Repertory Thalia Theater
DIE ODYSSEE

Theatre
29.05. & 30.05.
Thalia Gaußtraße


Antú Romero Nunes Hamburg

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Trio Joubran (feat. Youssef Hbeisch)

TRIO JOUBRAN (FEAT. YOUSSEF HBEISCH)
Concert
30.05.
Kampnagel, K6
 


Trio Joubran (feat. Youssef Hbeisch) Palestine / France

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THE PUBLIC THEATER / Richard Nelson

Guest performance
THE GABRIELS
Theatre

30.05.-01.06. & 03.06.& 04.06.
Kampnagel, K1


THE PUBLIC THEATER / Richard Nelson USA

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ARS NOVA

Europapremiere
UNDERGROUND RAILROAD GAME

Theatre
31.05.-03.06.
Kampnagel, P1


ARS NOVA
USA

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Jordan / Koppelmann

Guest performance
IN 80 TAGEN UM DIE WELT

Revue
31.05.,01.,04. & 05.06.
Thalia Zelt


Jordan / Koppelmann
Düsseldorf

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Hajusom / Ensemble Resonanz / Jardin Silmandé

World premiere
SILMANDÉ

Performance
01.06.-04.06.
Kampnagel, K2


Hajusom / Ensemble Resonanz / Jardin Silmandé Hamburg / Burkina Faso

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Royce Ng

World premiere
GHOST OF SHOWA

Performance
31.05.-02.06.
Thalia Gaußstraße


Royce Ng Australia / Hongkong

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Elbjazz

INTERNATIONAL TALENT STAGE
Concert
02.06. & 03.06.
Thalia Zelt


Elbjazz Hamburg

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Teatro Niño Proletario

Deutschlandpremiere
FULGOR

Theatre
02.06. - 03.06.
Thalia Gaußstraße


Teatro Niño Proletario Chile

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Back to Back Theatre

European premiere
LADY EATS APPLE

Theatre
02.06.-04.06.
Thalia Theater


Back to Back Theatre Australia

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Chunky Move

European premiere
AN ACT OF NOW

Dance
02.06. - 04.06.
Kakaospeicher


Chunky Move Australia

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Gintersdorfer / Klaßen

Reenactment
DER FEINDLICHE ZEUGE

Intervention & Exhibition
04.06. - 08.06. &
25.05. - 11.06.
HAVEN - Das Festivalzentrum


Gintersdorfer / Klaßen Hamburg

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Aphids

German premiere
FLYWAY

Site-specific
04.06. - 08.06.
HAVEN - Das Festivalzentrum


Aphids Australia

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BRUNO BELTRÃO / GRUPO RUA

World premiere
NEW CREATION

Dance
04.06. - 06.06.
Kampnagel, K6


BRUNO BELTRÃO / GRUPO RUA Brazil

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Brett Bailey

German premiere
SANCTUARY

Performative installation
05.06. - 10.06.
Oberhafenquartier Halle 3


Brett Bailey South Africa

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La Fura dels Baus

Elbphilharmonie Cooperation
DIE SCHÖPFUNG

Music theatre
05.06. & 06.06.
Elbphilharmonie


La Fura dels Baus Spain

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Wunderbaum

World premiere
SCHRECKLICH AMÜSANT

Theatre
06.06. - 07.06. &
09.06. - 10.06.
Oberhafenquartier Halle 4


Wunderbaum Netherlands

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Hannah Hurtzig / Mobile Akademie Berlin

World premiere
DIE STILLGESTELLTEN

Performative installation
06.06. & 07.06.
Kampnagel, Vorhalle


Hannah Hurtzig / Mobile Akademie Berlin Berlin

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Samar Haddad King / Amir Nizar Zuabi

European premiere
AGAINST A HARD SURFACE

Dance
06.06. - 08.06.
Thalia Gaußstraße


Samar Haddad King / Amir Nizar Zuabi Palestine

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Belarus Free Theatre

German premiere
BURNING DOORS

Theatre
06.06. - 09.06.
Kampnagel, K2


Belarus Free Theatre Belarus / U.K.

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Salia Sanou

German premiere
DU DÉSIR D’HORIZONS
Dance
07.06, 09.06.& 10.06.
Kakaospeicher


Salia Sanou Burkina Faso

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Christiane Jatahy

World premiere
MOVING PEOPLE

Site-specific
07.06. - 11.06.
HAVEN - Das Festivalzentrum


Christiane Jatahy Brazil

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Mapa Teatro

Guest performance
LOS INCONTADOS

Theatre
08.06. - 10.06.
Kampnagel, K1


Mapa Teatro Colombia

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The Young ClassX

THE YOUNG CLASSX
Concert
08.06.
Kakaospeicher


The Young ClassX Hamburg

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Yolanda Gutiérrez

World premiere
URBAN BODIES PROJECT

Site-specifc
09.06. - 11.06.
Chile-Haus


Yolanda Gutiérrez Hamburg

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Hiphop Academy

World premiere
FLIGHT AND COMMAND

Dance
09.06. - 11.06.
Thalia Zelt


Hiphop Academy Hamburg

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IVO VAN HOVE

German premiere
VU DU PONT

Theatre
09.06. - 11.06.
Thalia Theater


IVO VAN HOVE France

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Lena Chamamyan

OLD HARBORS
Concert
10.06. & 11.06.
Kampnagel, K6


Lena Chamamyan France / Syria

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Omar Rajeh / Maqamat Dance Theatre

Guest performance
BEYTNA

Dance & cooking
10.06. & 11.06.
Thalia Gaußstraße


Omar Rajeh / Maqamat Dance Theatre Lebanon

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