Hierarchy of needs

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.

Atlas of transitions

The performance is the Swedish contribution to the project Atlas of transitions - new geographies for a cross cultural Europe and a collaboration between Backa Teater and the urban dance company Twisted Feet.

Atlas of Transitions (2017-2020)is funded by the EU programme Creative Europe.

Age limit
14 years
1 hour 40 minutes
80-250 kr


Av Adel Darwish Regi Mattias Andersson Scenografi Maja Kall Dramaturg Stefan Åkesson Koreografi Denny Hultén / Twisted Feet Kostym Helena Arvidsson O'Byrne Kompositör Kristina Issa, Jonas Redig Ljud Jonas Redig Ljus och video Tomas Fredriksson Mask Josefin Ekerås Skådespelare Adel Darwish, Rasmus Lindgren, Josefin Neldén, Ramtin Parvaneh Dansare Marcel Gomes, Aleksandra Jovic Dessutom medverkar Nermin Asheti, Ali Ktit, Yafet Melake, Alieksander Okbatsion , Iman Rasho Medverkande i video Obay Alskoja , Milad Alsahwy, Ahmad Katrib, Lugen Skouzam, Diana Tayara, Noorvan Bourhan, George Eid Regiassistent Felicia Stjärnsand

Image Atlas of Transition workshop

Atlas of Transitions