• 2020

  • Performance

The term "hivemind" ( "swarm mind", "group mind", "group ego") comes from science fiction and describes the merging of several intelligences or consciousness units into a unified whole. Based on this, MichaelDouglas member Sabina Perry looks at other models of collective thinking: the hippie movement of the 1960s and 1970s in the USA, 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 entity decides what we eat for breakfast and what colour suits us?

HIVEMIND delves into the ironic polarity of "good" and "evil" behind collective figures that promise belonging and entertainment but often mean dependence on 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 with relish.

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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