Hierarchy of needs

Backa Teater

Guest performance from Backa Teater, Göteborg, Sweden.

Duration: 1 hour 40 minutes
Age limit: 14 years
Tickets: 40/60 PLN

Guest performance from Backa Teater, Göteborg, Sweden.

Duration: 1 hour 40 minutes
Age limit: 14 years
Tickets: 40/60 PLN

Which needs are universal? And which are relative?

About one year ago, the director Mattias Andersson received a dramatic text from Adel Darwish. The text was direct, poetic and bewildering. Written in the midst of a chaotic present featured by war, frontiers and borders between people. From that text, Mattias Andersson creates a visual, musical and choreographical performance piece, modulated with the attitudes, feelings and conflicts of our mutual present.

Adel Darwish is an actor who came to Sweden from Syria Aleppo three years ago. The text has written shifts from reality to fantasy in three different time dimensions. What has happened and what will happen? Who is alive, who is dead? Is present and past always attendant in the future. Which needs are relative and which are universal?

In the performance we see – apart from Adel Darwish himself – three actors from Backa Teater, two professional dancers and five young people who used to live somewhere else but now live in Gothenburg, Sweden.

The choreography is developed in collaboration with Twisted Feet.

In cooperation with

Atlas of Transitions Creative Europe


  • Director: Mattias Andersson
  • Text: Adel Darwish
  • Dramaturgy: Stefan Åkesson
  • Set design: Maja Kall
  • Choreography: Denny Hultén/Twisted Feet
  • Costumes: Helena Arvidsson
  • Music: Kristina Issa, Jonas Redig
  • Sound: Jonas Redig
  • Lighting and video: Tomas Fredriksson
  • Make up: Josefin Ekerås
  • Director's assistant: Felicia Stjärnsand
  • Cast: Adel Darwish, Rasmus Lindgren, Josefin Neldén, Ramtin Parvaneh
  • Dancers: Marcel Gomes, Aleksandra Jovic
  • Additional cast: Nermin Asheti, Ali Ktit, Yafet Melake, Alieksander Okbatsion, Iman Rasho
  • Cast in video: Obay Alskoja, Milad Alsahwy, Ahmad Katrib, Lugen Skouzam, Diana Tayara, Noorvan Bourhan, George Eid

Premiere: 2 March 2019, Backa Teater in Göteborg

Performance in the project Atlas of Transitions. New geographies for a cross-cultural Europe.

Project is co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union. 

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