29 June – 16 July 2017

What if Women Ruled the World?

Yael Bartana

Arriving at a moment of unprecedented worldwide flux, this timely, vital and dramatic new art work ponders one of modern 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 male leaders would repopulate the Earth, with ten women allocated to every man. Half a century later, Yael Bartana’s groundbreaking film and theatre project imagines the opposite scenario, giving women control of a world in desperate need of a new vision.

Each night, a group of 10 women and one man will be confronted by some of the urgent crises of our time: climate change, military escalation, mass migration. In this brand new work created by Bartana, with the performance directed by Vicky Featherstone, a professional cast will be joined by a group of female experts: scientists, politicians, artists and thinkers of global reputation. Together, they’ll spend the evening trying to solve that night’s global emergency as the clock ticks above them…

Yael Bartana is a widely acclaimed Israeli-born artist whose films, installations and photographs explore the imagery of identity and the politics of memory. She represented Poland at the Venice Biennale in 2011 with the trilogy And Europe Will Be Stunned, and has recently worked as far afield as Finland and Brazil on projects that consider issues of individual and national identity.

Vicky Featherstone is the Artistic Director of the Royal Court Theatre in London, and was previously the founding Artistic Director of the National Theatre of Scotland and the Artistic Director of Paines Plough. She recently directed the world premiere of Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour, which premiered in Edinburgh before transferring to the National Theatre in London.

Created by Yael Bartana
Vicky Featherstone
Performance Director

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