• 2020

  • Performance

The term "hivemind" (Engl.: "swarm spirit", "group spirit", "group ego") is an expression from science fiction that describes the merging of several intelligences or consciousness units into a conforming whole. Based on this, MichaelDouglas member Sabina Perry looked at other models of collective thinking: the hippie movement in the USA in the 1960s and 70s, group cults and rituals, and the independent life of today's social media cultures. What happens when collective intelligence becomes uncritical conformity, or when a virtual quantity decides what we eat for breakfast and what colour suits us?

HIVEMIND delves into the ironic polarity of "good" and "evil" behind collective quantities that promise belonging and entertainment factor and often mean dependence in conformity. And which ultimately know us better than we know ourselves. HIVEMIND is a piece between theatre and dance that presents this serious theme in all its absurdity and bizarreness and indulges in the play between real and fake, essence and shell, explosion of colour and silent threat.

Choreography Sabina Perry
Performance Adam Ster, Michael Maurissens, Douglas Bateman
Dramaturgy & Communication Jana Winterhalter
Music A. Glacier
Kostüme Birgit Bungum
Light Hartmut Litzinger
Funders Kulturamt Stadt Köln, Ministeriums für Kultur und Wissenschaft des Landes NRW

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