What if Women Ruled the World?

Created by Yael Bartana

Wed 5 July, 2017

Sat 8 July, 2017

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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.

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



Created by Yael Bartana

Vicky Featherstone Performance Director

Abi Morgan Writer

Saygel & Schreiber Set Design

Jackie Shemesh Lighting Design

Daniel Meir Sound Design

Chloe Lamford Costume Design

Milli Bhatia Associate Director

With rotating participants; full list can be found here


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