Master Class, Spring 2020
Gob Squad are a leader of the Berlin Freie Szene and present themselves as a "seven-headed monster", an arts collective with seven bosses, with a schizophrenic identity and a multiple split personality: hermaphrodite, binational and bilingual, both a patchwork family and a social utopia.
Gob Squad have been devising, directing and performing together since 1994, working where theatre meets art, media and real life. Always on the hunt for beauty amidst the mundane, they place their work at the heart of urban life. Everyday life and magic, banality and idealism, reality and entertainment are all set on a collision course and the unpredictable results are captured on video. Motivated by a desire to elevate the everyday and empower audience members to step beyond their traditional role as passive spectators. Berlin has been the group’s creative home since 1999. Core members are Johanna Freiburg, Sean Patten, Sharon Smith, Berit Stumpf, Sarah Thom, Bastian Trost and Simon Will. Other artists are invited to collaborate on particular projects. The group is managed by Eva Hartmann.” Creating a dialogue between art, media, and real-life, this masterclass will offer valuable insights in what is possible with video techniques in a performance setting.
The Festival of International New Drama (FIND) has been a stalwart of the Schaubühne’s repertoire since the 1999/2000 season. In the early years, dramatic texts from predominantly young writers from one particular culture or region were presented, mostly in rehearsed readings. In 2011, FIND reinvented itself as a large-scale festival for visiting productions. Since then, more and more works from international writer-theater makers and their companies have been shown for the first time in Berlin.
The festival will be accompanied by FINDplus, a workshop program for international theater students, supported by the Allianz Kulturstiftung and the Deutsch-Französische Jugendwerk (DFJW). Throughout this ten-day workshop program, students will have the unique opportunity of participating in master classes with artists, who showcase their work at the festival. You will get to know and work with acting and directing students from Germany, France, and other European countries. In addition to the workshops and networking opportunities, students will have guaranteed admission to some of the most popular productions shown at the festival.