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.




Aarhus, Denmark (European Capital of Culture 2017)
Thu 23 November, 2017 -
Sat 25 November, 2017
Berlin, Germany
Thu 12 April, 2018 -
Sat 14 April, 2018

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

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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