The New Forest – Hospital
In Hospital, Wunderbaum investigates the liberalization of the healthcare system. Whereas in the Netherlands the free market increasingly has been given free rein, the United States seems to be moving in the other direction with Obamacare. What will be the future of our healthcare system? Together with the actors of LAPD (Los Angeles Poverty Department) Wunderbaum will make a live hospital series, inspired by Lars von Trier’s The Kingdom and based on the aesthetics of the “better class” American hospital soaps.
Hospital is an installation-based performance during which audience and film cameras stay close to the patients and medical staff. True stories from cast members, including formerly homeless people from Skid Row, an area in downtown L.A., will inform the performance.
This performance forms part of The New Forest: a large-scale project during which alternatives for a future society will be investigated over the coming four years. The New Forest will take various forms, such as a series of performances (including Hospital), an interactive online platform and an extensive mechanism of cooperation between various social sectors.
For more info about the LAPD: visit lapovertydept.org
The New Forest – Hospital will be performed in the U.S.A., the Netherlands and Belgium.
Thomas Hampton Reviews
“Wunderbaum and the Los Angeles Poverty Department combine efforts into a hysterically sloppy mixture of performance art and street theater”
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“Filled with politically pointed anachronisms and playful metatheatrical asides, Hospital succeeds in personalizing the despairing intractability of universal healthcare”
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Concept & performers Walter Bart, Henriette Brouwers, Wine Dierickx, Walter Fears, Linda Harris, Kevin Michael Key, John Malpede, Maartje Remmers, Marleen Scholten
Dramaturgy Tobias Kokkelmans
Music composition Christopher Anderson-Bazzoli
Light and set design Maarten van Otterdijk, Barbara Hooijmeijer (internship set design)
Video Alina Skrzeszewska
Production Wunderbaum and LAPD in collaboration with REDCAT (Roy and Edna Disney/Calarts Theater)
Coproduction Walker Arts Center, Rotterdamse Schouwburg
With the support of AMMODO; SNS REAAL Fonds; The New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Theater Project; with lead funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and additional funding from the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs and the California Community Foundation; The MAP Fund, a program of Creative Capital, primarily supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation with additional funds from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; The Hopkins Center; Dartmouth College; the Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA.