Five performers in insect costumes, a praying mantis in a glass jar, techno music, euphoria generated through dancing! In Gob Squad’s Dancing About a nightclub dance floor meets ritual worship and expressive dance therapy. The medium of dance serves as a way to address universal themes through the personal.

Personal matters become general and general matters personal as the performers give it their all to turn a personal weakness, a secret passion or a shameful stigma into the most impressive dance imaginable. By dancing Gob Squad takes us on a journey through life from youth to old age.

“We are Gob Squad. We want to be right here, right now. We will dance for you our darkest secrets. We will dance as hard as we can so that we might just for a moment escape from what is human and to encounter the animal. We want to lose ourselves. We need to dance.”

Dancing About is Gob Squad’s first dance piece after almost 20 years of performing together. The work premiered at Berlin’s Volksbühne on 8 November 2012.


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Concept Gob Squad
Performed and devised by Johanna Freiburg, Sean Patten, Tina Pfurr, Sharon Smith, Berit Stumpf, Sarah Thom, Laura Tonke, Bastian Trost, Simon Will
Guest performer Mat Hand, Tatiana Saphir
Performers in Helsinki Tina Pfurr, Berit Stumpf, Bastian Trost, Simon Will, Mat Hand
Sound Design Sebastian Bark (Jeff McGrory)
Video Design Miles Chalcraft
Costume Marie Perglerova
Costume Sculptures Josa David Marx
Dramaturgy and Production Management Christina Runge
Taiteellinen assistentti ja näyttämöpäällikkö | Artistic Assistant and Stage Management Lena Mody
Intern Valeria Germain
Gob Squad Management Eva Hartmann
Tour Management Mat Hand
Coproducers Gob Squad, Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz Schauspiel Köln
Supported by Kulturverwaltung Berlin, Goethe-Institut Finnland, Federal Foreign Office Germany

Gob Squad is regularly funded between 2015 to 2018 by the State Berlin, Senatskanzlei - Kulturelle Angelegenheiten.

Duration 90 min.

Tickets 25/15 €

The visit is supported by Goethe-Institut Finnland and Federal Foreign Office Germany.