A project by John Bock and Lars Eidinger
In cooperation with Schaubühne Berlin
“Peer, you’re lying!” is the first sentence in Ibsen’s 1867 dramatic poem “Peer Gynt” and a key to its understanding. It focuses on a Norwegian farm boy with humble beginnings who mastered the art of spinning a yarn. In his fantasies, Gynt not only creates fascinating fairy-tale worlds but also his own self; he continuously reinvents his life story. He abandons his Norwegian homeland and his one true love to embark on a fantastical life’s journey through countries and continents. Yet Peer Gynt, who constantly searches for his true self, is destined to remain dissatisfied in this regard: the curious soul is impossible to pin down, he is gambler, storyteller, lover, mindless consumer, adventurer, all in one.
Conceptual artist John Bock offers a fresh take on this Norwegian everyman. Together with his collaborator Lars Eidinger, he mixes theatre, fine art and performance to create a distinctly unique “Peer Gynt.” Ibsen’s text serves as mere a starting point for the exploration of modern identity between the stage and the internet, character and actor, filter bubble and reality.
16+ The performance contains pornographic footage.
John Bock und Lars Eidinger
Stage and costume design:
02 hours 15 minutes
Running time tba