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The 2014 PuSh International Performing Arts Festival presents Gob Squad's Kitchen


PuSh International Performing Arts Festival & SFU Woodward's present:
Gob Squad's Kitchen
By Gob Squad Arts Collective (Berlin, Germany/Nottingham, UK)

It's 1965: pop, subculture, superstars, feminism, drugs, bright lights and sex. Gob Squad's Kitchen travels back to the underground cinemas of New York City and playfully deploys an arsenal of live video and performance techniques to celebrate the culture-bending heyday of Andy Warhol's Factory. The Edie Sedgwick vehicle Kitchen is the starting point: the original film, directed by the era's reigning King of Pop, encapsulates the hedonistic, experimental energy of the Swinging '60s. As Sedgwick said, "I live my part too-only I can't figure out what my part is in this movie."

Now Gob Squad has set the task of reconstructing Kitchen as a theatrical experience. Live recreations of scenes from the original film-acted out on bare-bones sets and viewed as black and white projections-are spliced with other Warhol celluloid adventures to evoke an elusive, mythic time and place. How did people dance in 1965? What did they talk about? Had feminism happened, or yet to begin? Gob Squad's Kitchen is a journey back in time and back to the future again: a quest for the original, the authentic, the here and now, the real me, the real you, the hidden depths beneath the shiny surfaces of modern life.

"This feels like one of the most impossible, beautiful, courageous and epic theatrical experiences you can imagine." - The Guardian

Post-Performance Talk: January 17


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