29 June – 16 July 2017


What if Women Ruled the World?

Created by Yael Bartana

World premiere

This timely and electrifying new art experiment ponders one of contemporary life’s great questions – what if women ruled the world?

At the end of his remarkable film Dr Strangelove, Stanley Kubrick foresaw a post-apocalyptic future in which dominant alpha males would repopulate the Earth, with ten women assigned to every man. Yael Bartana’s groundbreaking film and performance project, created with a team including performance director Vicky Featherstone and writer Abi Morgan, presents the opposite scenario, placing women in charge of a world in desperate need of a new vision.

In a war room, a group of 11 women will be confronted by some of the urgent crises of our time. Each night, a professional cast will be joined on stage by a different group of female experts: scientists, politicians, activists and thinkers of global reputation. Together, they will spend the evening trying to solve the global emergency as the clock ticks…


Vicky Featherstone
Performance Director
Abi Morgan
Saygel & Schreiber
Set Design
Jackie Shemesh
Lighting Design
Daniel Meir
Sound Design
Full cast to be announced

Commissioned and produced by Manchester International Festival and European Capital of Culture Aarhus 2017.

Photo: Yael Bartana at the MIF offices, Manchester, UK, January 2017
© Donald Christie