The Empire Strikes Back: Kingdom of the Synthetic @ IMPULSE theatre festival, Düsseldorf

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16-17.6.2016 20:00 Impulse Theatre Festival, Düsseldorf

The Berlin-based Israeli theatermaker Ariel Efraim Ashbel and his ensemble of artists, musicians, academics, artefacts, and robots set off to reconquer a future unknown – and declare war on identity politics and the violent legacy of humanism.

What new subjectivities can be embodied once we have eliminated the concept of race and the science of difference?
As humanity took its first steps in space in the 1960s, the jazz musician Sun Ra declared the universe a place of liberation for all African Americans. This marked the birth of science fiction from the perspective of the diaspora.
In a live collage loaded with powerful sounds and images that lies amidst ‘Metropolis’, ‘Triadic Ballet’, ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ and ‘The Dark Side of the Moon’, between Afro-Futurism and Science Fiction, the international company’s second piece will deconstruct the body, language, understanding and meaning. What emerges is not a new truth but the search for a humane utopia beyond the reign of the human. ‘The Empire Strikes Back’ risks a gentle optimism amidst an imploding, highly-aestheticized view of the present.

Director: Ariel Efraim Ashbel
Research and Concept: Romm Lewkowicz
By and with: Santiago Blaum, Jessica Gadani, Tamara Saphir, Tatiana Saphir, Jan-Sebastian Cuba
Featuring: Hacklander\Hatam, Mat Hand
Head of Visuals Alona: Rodeh
Costumes: Sandra Fink
Musical Direction: Yoni Silver
Technology: Yair Reshef
Light and Technical Direction: Andreas Harder
Outside Eye: Stefanie Wenner
Direction Assistant: Joseph Wegmann
Student Assistant of Production: Daniel Sauermilch
Production and Press: björn & björn

Event page on the festival website

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