after work

a requiem for the working (wo)man 

After Work traces snapshots from the history of work in calm, dreamlike images. With dance, with drama, with music, with text. A hybrid meeting of different modes of representation, where the boundaries of the art disciplines become blurred. The participants are a dancer, four actors and a bondage artist who specializes in the Japanese bondage tradition of Shibari. This journey through stations ranging from quiet, humorous to grotesque tableaux offers viewers a playful, open field of associations.

Cast: Mourad Baaiz, Dominik Dos-Reis, Anna Pocher, Anne Rietmeijer, Dasniya Sommer, Ulvi Teke, William Bartley Cooper

Director, Choreography: Tobias Staab, Rob Fordeyn

Stage and Costume Design: Nadja Sofie Eller

Light Design: Denny Klein

Sound Design: Will-Jan Pielage

Dramaturgy: Dorothea Neweling

Premiere: 11.01.2020 - Schauspielhaus Bochum

Photographs + Film © Michael Saup

"Director Tobias Staab dissolves genre boundaries between dance, acting and music and develops silent, grotesque tableaus of hired labor, wage labor and sex work. Impressively choreographed."

3Sat, Kulturzeit

"A richly associative round dance of images that blurs the boundaries of acting, dance and music."

(WDR 3 Mosaik)

"Tobias Staab and Rob Fordeyn savor the slowness and let the images work“

(WDR Scala)

"A dazzling captivating play (...) With a lot of music, little text and a lot of dance, impressive images succeed"


"Theater fans who appreciate something special are currently in for a special treat at the Kammerspiele.

After Work", a piece that blurs the boundaries between language and movement, music and text, and captures a theme that affects everyone in one form or another in dreamlike images one rarely gets to see in the theater."

(Stadtspiegel Bochum)

 "A daring experiment, a total work of art of a special kind."

 (Abenteuer Ruhrpott)