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Forced Entertainment

In a world that is neither day nor night, the stage becomes a hallucinatory expanse across which lone figures drift, dance, run, spring and crawl. Isolated, but always joined in the connection of possible and impossible stories.


There are dances and confrontations, chance encounters and drunken meanderings, moments of confusion, shared joy, stillness and delirium. AI voices haunt a musical score, looping Tim Etchells’ text of thoughts, speeches, promises, and questions.

With the HAU co-production “Signal to Noise” and the performance “L’Addition”, which can be seen at HAU to mark the company's 40th birthday, Forced Entertainment not only celebrates four decades of experimentation and reinvention of theatre language, but also conjures up a dynamic and captivating encounter between audience and artists.

The performance is an invitation to reflect on the shared experience that unfolds through the intense and intuitively collaborative group process.

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Additional information
Production: Forced Entertainment. Co-produkcion: HAU Hebbel Am Ufer, Athens Epidaurus Festival, Holland Festival (Amsterdam), Künstler*innenhaus Mousonturm (Francfort), PACT Zollverein (Essen), théâtre garonne (Toulouse). Funded within the framework of the Alliance of International Production Houses by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media.
Participating artists
Forced Entertainment (Konzipiert und erarbeitet)
Tim Etchells (Regie)
Robin Arthur (Mit)
Seke Chimutengwende (Mit)
Richard Lowdon (Mit)
Claire Marshall (Mit)
Cathy Naden und Terry O’Connor (Mit)
Tyrone Huggins (Dramaturgie)
Nigel Edwards (Lichtdesign)
Jim Harrison (Produktionsleitung)
Dates
April 2024
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