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Nicoleta Esinencu / HAU

Theater Performance 2021/22

A performance from Nicoleta Esinencu, Artiom Zavadovsky, Doriana Talmazan, Kira Semionov, Nora Dorogan, Oana Cirpanu

We live in a society driven by the idea of progress; democratic progress, scientific progress or technological progress. A progress meant to bring us all social justice, wealth and wellbeing, a new world or even a new planet. Nicoleta Esinencu’s new work delves into this idyllic idea of progress, exposing its layers of violence.

The progress of the capitalist system that relentlessly develops new forms of exploitation and colonization. The progress of technology that controls and punishes but never protects nor supports. The progress of violence in the relations between the West and the East, violence that has definitely only flourished during the pandemic when in western societies own citizens were protected and migrant workers were exploited. The progress of a democracy where democratically taken political decisions tend to hit more and more the underprivileged communities and bring benefits to the ones in power.

Since 2012 HAU Hebbel am Ufer is in continual collaboration with Nicoleta Esinencu and teatru-spălătorie, most recently in 2019 for the commissioned work and HAU production “Abolirea familiei / The Abolition of the Family”.

Secure tickets recommended! Maximum seating capacity: 15 people

Thu 10.02. Audience discussion afterwards (English)

Duration: 1 h 45 min.

Language: Moldavian Romanian, Russian and English with German and English surtitles

Moldavian Romanian into German: Eva Ruth Wemme / Translation Moldavian Romanian into English: Artiom Zavadovsky / Translation Russian into German: Yvonne Griesel / Translation Russian into English: Artiom Zavadovsky


Performers:inside: Artiom Zavadovsky, Doriana Talmazan, Kira Semionov

Technical development: Iulian Lungu, Neonil Rosça

Technique: Sergiu Iachimov

Production management: Jana Penz

Artistic advisor: Aenne Quiñones

Technical direction HAU: Annette Becker

Sound HAU: Janis Klinkhammer

Lighting HAU: Lea Schneidermann

Production: HAU Hebbel am Ufer and teatru-spălătorie. Co-production: FFT Düsseldorf, HELLERAU – European Centre for the Arts Dresden, Rampe Stuttgart, Festival Theaterformen. 

Funded within the framework of the Alliance of International Production Houses by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media.