Saving the World

Gob Squad (UK/Germany)

Thu 09 Apr 2009
Fri 10 Apr 2009

Greenwich Dance Agency

A very very wide screen film

In Saving The World, Gob Squad squeeze the world into a handful of videotapes. Produced in 24 hours, a seven camera panoramic film portrays the South Bank as a microcosm of the entire world.  The mission is nothing less than to save the planet and preserve it for an unknown future. Starting with ‘saving’ sunrise, Gob Squad soon move on to ‘saving’ the essentials of life on earth such as money, freedom, ice cream and love. The approach is part improvised performance and part no-frills one-take video making. As passers-by get involved in defining the world and everything in it, every shot counts.  There’s no editing and nothing is erased. Everything just happens once and once it’s on camera, it’s saved for the future. It’s like a 21st century Noah’s Ark.  But how do you explain sex to a future that may have never heard of it, and what exactly is it that we want history to remember of us?

The results of Gob Squad’s adventures are screened in a specially constructed “all round cinema”. Often emotionally moving, sometimes visually spectacular and sometimes completely messy, Gob Squad’s journey through a not particularly historical day in a not particularly historical place is a lyrical declaration of love to the ordinary people of everyday London.

Saving The World continues Gob Squad’s fascination with performance and video and the crossover between the live and recorded moment.  In the last decade the company has become known for steering theatre on a collision course with daily life and real people, using the video camera as an essential means to transport audiences to playful and humourous situations that explore the absurdities and contradictions of modern life.


Gob Squad is a group of UK and German artists, who have been working collectively with performance, theatre, installation and video since 1994.

Based in Nottingham, Berlin and Hamburg the group makes and presents its work in urban sites such as offices, houses, shops, railway stations and hotels as well as in galleries and theatres. 

Using the language of film, TV and pop music to explore the complexities and absurdities of life today, Gob Squad’s work is a search for beauty, meaning and humanity amongst the glittering facades and dark corners of contemporary culture.

 Gob Squad often place home-made magic and spectacle next to the banality of everyday life, setting theatre and the “real world” on a collision course and capturing the results on video. Sometimes improvised, sometimes strictly choreographed, the work is provocative, entertaining and emotionally charged.

Saving The World is a Gob Squad production coproduced by Hebbel am Ufer
Berlin, Kampnagel Hamburg, zeitraumexit e.V. Mannheim and the Wiener
Festwochen. Funded by the Regierenden Bürgermeister von Berlin –
Senatskanzlei – Kulturelle Angelegenheiten and the Kulturbehörde der Freien
und Hansestadt Hamburg.

“A brilliant show, full of wit, life and humanity.”
Der Standard, Vienna on Gob Squad’s Kitchen 2008

“thoroughly entertaining, full of irony and intelligence.”
Der Tagesspiegel, Berlin on Gob Squad’s Kitchen 2008

Concept Gob Squad

Performed and devised by Martin Clausen, Johanna Freiburg, Sean Patten,
Sharon Smith, Berit Stumpf, Sarah Thom, Laura Tonke, Bastian Trost and Simon

Video Miles Chalcraft, Martin Cooper

Sound-Design Sebastian Bark, Jeff McGrory

Costume and props Emma Cattell, Kerstin Honeit

Technical Management Susanne Keeves

Dramaturgy and Production Christina Runge

Video consultation: Chris Kondek

Special Help  Sophia Simitzis