Ariel Efraim Ashbel and friends

no apocalypse not now (2019)

Nothing less than the end of civilization is the subject of the new performance by Ariel Efraim Ashbel and friends. In a synthesis of theater, visual art, and live music, they revisit Judeo-Christian eschatology, connecting it to the recurring collapse of so-called “civilization” into brutality throughout colonial history and ultimately to the collapse of the universal humanist project at large. Setting the scene in a tropical estate inspired by Francis Ford Coppola’s 1979 film Apocalypse Now and Joseph Conrad’s 1902 novella Heart of Darkness, Ashbel and friends immerse the audience in a world of doomsday cults, conspiracy theories, prepper cultures, and messianic settler movements. The utopian futures of destruction, punishment, and restitution they project reveal the ongoing crisis of universalizing Western humanism, for which theater has long since served as a laboratory. Ashbel and friends illuminate the demise of universalism, in a performative response both to the West’s visions of physical annihilation and moral degradation, and to the second chances and new beginnings such visions reveal.

28.9.19, 29.9.19, 19:00

Duration: ca. 100 min.

Orpheumgasse 8
8020 Graz
♿ Venue accessible for wheelchairs

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Language skills not obligatory for comprehension

Free admission with Festival Pass
Capacity limited, reservation recommended, reservation fee: 2 Euro
Single ticket 16/12 Euro

A coproduction of Ariel Efraim Ashbel, FFT Düsseldorf, HAU Hebbel am Ufer (Berlin), Kampnagel Hamburg, and steirischer herbst ’19
Funded by Hauptstadtkulturfonds (Berlin)

Director: Ariel Efraim Ashbel
Research and concept: Romm Lewkowicz
By and with: Jessica Gadani, Cassie Augusta Jørgensen, Tatiana Saphir, and Sarah Thom
Music: Hacklander / Hatam
Choir: Singschul’ der Oper Graz (Singing School of the Opera Graz)
Stage: Eli Petel
Costumes: Sandra Fink
Light: Joseph Wegmann
Dramaturgy: Petra Poelzl
Assistant director: Katharina Joy Book
Design assistant: Klara Mand
Press: Wayra Scheubel
Production: björn & björn

Ariel Efraim Ashbel (1982, Tel Aviv) is a performance maker. His shows are visual spectacles weaving together a wide array of historical, political, theoretical, and pop-culture references. Through composing and sampling, he collaborates with friends to create interdisciplinary structures at the intersection of theater, dance, music, and installation. Ashbel lives in Berlin.