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Congrats: Silver Lion for Gob Squad, Biennale di Venezia 2024

The performance stars from the German-English theatre collective Gob Squad swarm out into the evening streets. Their experiences from four camera angles come together on the big screen to create a unique, deeply funny and moving snapshot of a city, with all the secret stars of the evening that they meet along the way. The banalities of everyday life meet the glitz and glamour of Hollywood. It is a completely unpredictable show that elevates the mundane to the epic and plays with the perception of the familiar. Since its premiere in 2003, Super Night Shot has taken the Berlin collective Gob Squad to numerous cities around the world with over 200 performances on six continents - and now finally to Basel.

“Each of us is just one in a million, easy to replace and easy to forget in a city that doesn’t really need us. But don’t worry. We’re going to change all that. We’ve got a plan. This city will need us and this film will be our witness.” (Gob Squad)

Duration: 75 minutes

Biography

Gob Squad is a seven-member binational and bilingual (English/German) artists' collective. They have been working together since 1994 on the conception, staging and presentation of live performances in the border area of theatre, art and media. They are constantly searching for new forms and ways of media and performative expression and switch accordingly between the formats of stage performance, video installation, interactive live film and urban intervention.

In their search for beauty in the banal, they place their works not only in theatres and galleries but also in the middle of the urban environment. Utopian scenarios always meet the reality of a concrete situation, the outcome of which is often uncertain. Gob Squad also look for encounters with viewers and passers-by that go beyond the classic relationship of reception.

The collective was founded in Nottingham by former students of Nottingham Trent University and graduates of Applied Theatre Studies Giessen. Since 1999, Berlin has become the artistic centre and production location. Permanent members are: Johanna Freiburg, Sean Patten, Sharon Smith, Berit Stumpf, Sarah Thom, Bastian Trost and Simon Will. They are joined by Eva Hartmann for management and a pool of collaborators with whom the group works in changing constellations.

Credits

Concept by

Gob Squad

Devised by

Johanna Freiburg, Sean Patten, Elyce Semenec, Berit Stumpf, Sarah Thom, Bastian Trost and Simon Will and Mat Hand, Erik Pold, Ilia Papatheodorou and Laura Tonke

Performed by

passers-by and four of the above

Sound design

Sebastian Bark, Jeff McGrory, Jeffrey Fisher

Artistic Support

Nina Tecklenburg

First performance

5.12.2003 Prater at Volksbühne, Berlin, Germany

Commissioned by

Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz Berlin.

With research and development funding from

the Arts Council of England East Midlands.

Gob Squad work collectively, without a director, on the concept, design, devising and performing of their work. Permanent members of the group are Sean Patten, Berit Stumpf, Sarah Thom, Simon Will, Bastian Trost and Johanna Freiburg. Other artists are invited to collaborate on particular projects. For Super Night Shot, Gob Squad are joined by performance/video artist Elyce Semenec. The soundtrack was produced by sound designers Sebastian Bark and Jeff McGrory in collaboration with the company.