Heaven in Berlin - Testbed1 Battersea (Preview)
Preview by Jack Foley
To celebrate the premiere of Heaven in Berlin, a new site-specific work by JMK award-winning director Jamie Harper at Testbed1 in Battersea, IndieLondon is offering readers the chance to win a pair of tickets.
In Heaven in Berlin, live music, choreography and promenade performance combine to capture the spirit of Berlin in the 1980s: a city at the front line of the Cold War and a hotbed of artistic exploration.
This multi-arts performance transports the audience to the desolate Soviet occupied East Berlin in 1985. The Berlin Wall still exists, a physical, political and emotional divide erected by the GDR.
All around the Communist zone, crumbling buildings bear the deep scars of World War II. Berlin as a whole has become a magnet for the world’s edgiest artists drawn by the city’s unique place: an island of Western culture sitting precariously inside the territory of East Germany. A place where musicians, artists and writers from both East and West make music, art and literature that is hedonistic, nihilistic and political.
Set in Battersea’s Testbed1, the raw aesthetic of this sprawling industrial space and the promenade nature of the experience will tap into the creative energy of that time and place and reflect on a dangerous, brutal but ultimately liberating period of history.
Pulsing and shaking with the combination of live music, choreography and promenade performance, the audience will take an otherworldly journey, soundtracked by music from artists such as Can, Neu!, Klaus Nomi, Iggy Pop and David Bowie.
An English musician flees London to seek renewed freedom, prestige and romance on the wrong side of the Iron Curtain. His new world is exotic, lonely, liberating and claustrophobic: a city with innumerable barriers with both lovers and prisoners as inhabitants.
When his son arrives from home to settle old scores, the glamour of his new life quickly fades and a creeping sickness takes hold. Finding himself washed-up, facing an ugly past and a bleak future, an unlikely guardian angel appears and through the power of beautiful music and faith in strange magic, impenetrable doors are broken down, opening up a dark but shining pathway to bliss, to heaven.
Formed in 2012, Hobo Theatre make work in unconventional spaces, telling stories with an international perspective about wanderers, adventurers and people lost at the margins. Hobo’s first production Roundabout, a true story about Balkan refugees, was presented in August 2012 in the garden of the Bush Theatre and La Turista: Cafe Duende, a Spanish Civil War piece, was staged in the popular Tapas restaurant, Morito, in the spring of 2013.
Win a pair of tickets to Heaven in Berlin
To celebrate the premiere of Heaven in Berlin, a new site-specific work by JMK award-winning director Jamie Harper at Testbed1 in Battersea, IndieLondon is offering readers the chance to win a pair of tickets. Simply answer the following question…
Q. In which year was Hobo Theatre formed?
Simply send the answer to Heaven in Berlin competition and include your name, address, telephone number and email
Running Time: 2 hours (including interval) | Suitable for ages 12+
Testbed 1, 33 Parkgate Road, Battersea, London SW11 4NP
September 25, 29, 30 | October 1, 2, 6, 7, 9, 13-16, 20-23
7.30pm | £16/£14.50
Ticket line: 020 7223 2223