When exactly did dogs become human’s best friends? When were money and the gods invented and why? Why have almost all human societies, throughout history, assumed that women are inferior to men? Can a society without discrimination and prejudice exist? Can one nation occupy another efficiently and for a long time? How did science, capitalism, and Europe take over the whole world? Does history have a direction? Did we become happier people compared to 30,000 years ago? What is the chance that Homo Sapiens will still be here in 10,000 years?
The History of the World in 7 Days is an attempt to give some answers to some of these questions, and others, during a performance that takes 7 evenings to complete. The performance invites the public into the backstage of history, emphasizing how strange and twisted is the plot, how unpredictable are the actors, and how little we know about our past.
Written, directed and performed by Yosi Wanunu
Set design: Paul Horn
Music: Martin Siewert, Michael Strohmann
Produced by Kornelia Kilga
Co-produced by brut Wien/June 10 – 16, 2013