#War Is Over

#War Is Over

#War Is Over. BED-IN-Performance with John and Yoko

Premiere: 29. April 2016 im Kunstsalon Fliegel und Weisheit

The BED-IN is the famous peace, protest and marketing happening of the artist couple John Lennon and Yoko Ono, staged in 1969 at the Hilton Hotel in Amsterdam and at The Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal.

How to demand peace? How does one generate attention? How are intimacy and politics related? The BED-IN is politics and narcissism, intimacy and confrontation.

It is about egomaniacal production of attention, naive and calculating attitude, peace and war between all of us.

Protest, exposure, naivety, utopias, celebrities – the bed-in is defining the current political moment.

So far, 2016 has been a good year to stay in bed, if you have one. We invoke the BED-IN and the works of the two love artists as ghosts from the past.

We ask them:


“Oh your god, that fucking god. I am greater than your God. God is a concept with which we measure our pain. I’ll say it again. God is a concept with which we measure our pain.

I don’t believe in magic. I don’t believe in the Bible. I don’t believe in talent. I don’t believe in Hitler.

I don’t believe in Jesus. I don’t believe in Kennedy. I don’t believe in Lee Harvey Oswald either. I don’t believe in mantras. And gurus. And yoga. I don’t believe in organic. I don’t believe in deposit bottles.

I don’t believe in kings. I don’t believe in Elvis. I don’t believe in Gaga. I don’t believe in the Beatles.

I only believe in me. Yoko and me.
The dream is over. What can I say.
The dream is over. Yo. Since yesterday. Yesterday.

I was the dreamwalker. I was the walrus.
Now I’m john. I am John.

Dear friends. You must now go on alone.

The dream is over.”

  • Production manager & direction: Susann Neuenfeldt
  • Musical direction and lighting: Holger Duhn
  • Bass: Sebastian Comunale
  • Guitar: Michel Turchetti
  • Drums: Martin Pretorius
  • Sound collages: Hans Narva
  • Text: Aleksandar Obradovic
  • Acting: Jana Olschewski (John Lennon) Maike Möller (Yoko Ono) Dorothea Löbbermann (Zimmermädchen) Melanie Engelhardt (Zimmermädchen) Simon Strick (Mark David Chapman) Helena Renker (Reporterin) Isabelle Vogt (Reporterin) Lena Sommer (Reporterin) Helen Lehitka (Reporterin) Werner Türk (General)
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