ARS NOVA
UNDERGROUND RAILROAD GAME

by Jennifer Kidwell and Scott R. Sheppard with Lightning Rod Special Directed by Taibi Magar


USA // Theatre

Good morning, America! Welcome to Hanover Middle School, where a pair of teachers are getting down and dirty with today’s lesson. The result is a raucous, fast but also painful comedy on America’s history tackling race, sex and power with two powerful performer, a black woman and a white man, quickly shifting between power levels and roles. The point of departure is the popular “underground railroad game”, which makes the historical battle against slavery and the victory of a modern and enlightened America tangible. Despite good liberal intentions, the characters  get caught in an endless mix of interracial conflicts on gender and sexuality – a nightmare from a supposed “post-racial” age . A critic wrote far before the presidential elections: if this is all true, then we don’t deserve anything better than Trump. The most astounding thing on this evening is that never leaves the comedic path. It surfs from painful to fun, and from fun to pain… and “in every sense sensational” (New York Times). It unveils a perspective on America that we don’t know well enough. It is a no-budget comedy of a type that could only be created in the Anglo-Saxon arena: two artists spent a year together developing a piece, sought out the Egyptian/American Taibi Magar as a director, brought it on stage with the most simple of means in Philadelphia and finally landed a sold-out success on the off-off-Broadway theater “Ars Nova” in New York.



Theater der Welt 2017

©Ben Arons Photography


Theater der Welt 2017

©Ben Arons Photography

EUROPEAN PREMIERE


In English language with German surtitles

DIRECTOR
Taibi Magar

STAGING
Steven Dufala

LIGHT-DESIGN
Oona Curley

WITH
Jennifer Kidwell,
Scott Sheppard

A production of Ars Nova together with Lightning Rod Special


DATE / TIME


31.05. 21:00 - 22:20
European premiere
TICKETS

01.06. 21:00 - 22:20
Artist talk after the performance
TICKETS

02.06. 18:00 - 19:20
TICKETS
Shuttle service to HAVEN - Das Festivalzentrum after the performance

02.06. 21:00 - 22:20
TICKETS
Shuttle service to HAVEN - Das Festivalzentrum after the performance

03.06. 21:00 - 22:20
TICKETS
Shuttle service to HAVEN - Das Festivalzentrum after the performance


LOCATION


Kampnagel, P1
Jarrestraße 20
22303 Hamburg


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TICKET PRICE


18 Euro/ red. 9 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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