1984 – Back to No Future

Location Sort/Hvid, Staldgade 26-30, 1699 København V
26.05.2021 - 30.05.2021
Language English
Duration 90 min.

Concept and direction GOB SQUAD Performers JOHANNA FREIBURG, SEAN PATTEN, SHARON SMITH, BERIT STUMPF, SARAH THOM, BASTIAN TROST, SIMON WILL, DAMIAN REBGETZ and TATIANA SAPHIR Sound design SEBASTIAN BARK and CATALINA FERNANDEZ Video design MILES CHALCRAFT and NOAM GORBAT Costume design INGKEN BENESCH Set design AMINA NOUNS Light design and technical management CHRIS UMNEY Dramaturgy and production management CHRISTINA RUNGE VR Consultancy, Development and Design JORIS WEIJDOM Artistic collaboration MAT HAND Director’s assistant VALERIA GERMAIN Costume assistant SIMON KERNEN Set design assistant STELLA NIKISCH VR assistant DEIDE TAP Directing intern RODRIGO ZORZANELLI CAVALCANTI Gob Squad management EVA HARTMANN Gob Squad PR/Communications ALEXANDRA LAUCK UK producer AYLA SUVEREN

A production by Gob Squad in co-production with HAU Hebbel am Ufer Berlin, The Public Theater NY (USA), Schauspiel Leipzig, Anuja Ghosalkar / Drama Queen (India) & Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan Mumbai, HELLERAU – European Center for the Arts Dresden, Sort/Hvid (Copenhagen, Denmark) and Teater Momentum (Odense, Denmark).


Sort/Hvid and Teater Momentum have invited the internationally acclaimed art collective Gob Squad to Denmark with their new production 1984 – Back to No Future.

It’s 1984 and the Cold War is in full swing. The Americans have invented a powerful new weapon: the music video. Millions of dollars are spent beaming images of decadence, excess, power, sex, and transformation into the world’s televisions. Gob Squad travel back in time to confront themselves as teenagers, the principal targets of this media revolution. They find themselves fearful of nuclear war, enthralled by pop videos, uncertain of who they might become. As the performers remember themselves and reconstruct the media fantasies of that time, they also start to dismantle what may have been written into the programming code underlying this colourful world of commercial pop. Were these teenagers masters and mistresses of their own bodies, their own fates and their own abilities to control and shape things? Or were they ready-made templates, destined to follow a bigger plan? Can they re-programme their own story? Or at least see with different eyes? Who and what is missing from the picture?

The British-German art collective, Gob Squad, is internationally known for their unique interactive performances, combining audience interaction with real-time video editing. They use refined recording techniques enabling them to interact with the urban space surrounding the place where they are performing. Popular culture such as music videos, Hollywood films and Andy Warhol art movies are often part of their works exploring the space between everyday life and magic, banality and utopia, reality and entertainment.