After Work traces snapshots from the history of work in calm, dreamlike images. With dance, with drama, with music, with text. A hybrid meeting of different modes of representation, where the boundaries of the art disciplines become blurred. The participants are a dancer, four actors and a bondage artist who specializes in the Japanese bondage tradition of Shibari. This journey through stations ranging from quiet, humorous to grotesque tableaux offers viewers a playful, open field of associations.

A look back into the time of the Renaissance as proto-capitalism. The moment of the discovery of the hand as the decisive tool for the incarnation of the monkey. The appearance of the miner from the Ruhr area as a representative of the working class in the time of industrialisation. He is replaced by office workers in grey suits, who are treated by a business coach who acts like a shamanic healer. From euphoria to self-optimization to self-abandonment to burnout.

And finally, After Work leads into the future of a world dominated by robots, artificial intelligence, algorithms, in which human labor seems to have become superfluous. Is doing nothing a state of total bliss? Or will the supposed liberation technologies become a shackle for the people of tomorrow?

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  • Duration: 1:30h, no intermission
  • Premiere: 11.01.2020
  • Language: German with English surtitles
Video-Trailer After Work
(c) Michael Saup
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Mit viel Musik, wenig Text und einer Menge Tanz gelingen beeindruckende Bilder.
WAZ, Sven Westernströer

"Theaterfans, die das Besondere zu schätzen wissen, erwartet ein besonderer Leckerbissen: „After Work“, eine Stückentwicklung, lässt die Grenzen zwischen Sprache und Bewegung, zwischen Musik und Text verschwimmen und fasst ein Thema, das alle in der einen oder anderen Form betrifft, in traumartige Bilder, wie man sie im Theater selten zu sehen bekommt." 
Stadtspiegel Bochum, Nathalie Memmer

Ein assoziationsreicher Bilderreigen, der die Grenzen von Schauspiel, Tanz und Musik verwischt.
WDR 3 Mosaik, Christoph Ohrem