Teenagers are highly visible and highly mythologized agents of contemporary western culture. This demographic is targeted earlier and earlier as consumers, sexual beings and biocapital, with the mass media and advertisers in particular appealing to and exploiting the teenage drive to both conform and individualize. NEVERLAND RISING focuses on the theme of transgression. Circling around Michael Jackson, ideas of play, excess and experimentation, negotiations of systems of authority and the development and projection of self-identity, Neverland Rising deconstructs in a bounty of arresting images the mechantics of attribution. Teenagedom is often conveyed (and at times experienced) as flanked by compulsions of socialization and anti-socialization, and much of its representation swings between these poles. So teens are both violent and vulnerable, highly sexualized and innocents needing protection; bored, apathetic and unproductive while also the key to the future.
Credits: Joel Aguilar, Hoang-Viet Dong, Nicole Draszow, Keyvan Ebrahimi, Beatrice Elbert, Bart Haupt, Johannes Hoff, Christine König, Mona M’Barkiou, Rebecca Metz, Nilson Mufume, Patrick Ramm, Roxana Rios, Carlotta Rohn, Aminata Sohna
Film Director: Tobias Yves Zintel
Theater Director: Robert Lehninger
Costume/Stage: Irene Ip
Dramaturgy: Eva-Lena Lörzer
Music Daniel Murena, Joe Masi
Choreography: Emmanuel Obeya und Ensemble
Mastering: Stefan Räuchle
Styling: Guido Burghardt, Sarah Clauß, Monika Schulz
Assistant Director: Anne-Stine Peters
Stage Assistant: Andrea Wagner
Costume Assistant: Lucie Trávnicková
Assistants:Miriam Zepp, Hanna Rode, Meike Onnen, Yannik Böhmer, Jannis Burkardt, Katharina Potrykus, Piet Gampert.