Arriving at a moment of unprecedented worldwide flux, this timely, vital and dramatic new art work considered 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. Yael Bartana’s groundbreaking film and performance project, created with a team including performance director Vicky Featherstone and writer Abi Morgan, presented 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 were confronted by some of the urgent crises of our time. Each night, a professional cast were joined on stage by a different group of female experts: scientists, politicians, activists and thinkers of global reputation. Together they spent the evening attempting to solve the global emergency as the clock ticked.
‘Each woman is brilliant and it was a pleasure to be in their company for the evening’ Manchester Confidential
‘Terrifying and wonderfully relevant’ Northern Soul
What if Women Ruled the World will be showing at Aarhus 2017 from 23-25 November.
Yael Bartana was in conversation on Saturday July 1 at Halle St Peters.
Commissioned and produced by Manchester International Festival, European Capital of Culture Aarhus 2017 and Volksbühne Berlin. Photo: Tristam Kenton