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Recording: 2020-01-25 , English Theatre Berlin (Video © Walter Bickmann)

Brain Store Project, MS Schrittmacher


English Theatre Berlin

Production Details / Press Releases

If you want a better life, you must live a better life!

In the Bulgarian-German co-production A BETTER LIFE, the three choreographers and performers Iva Sveshtarova, Willy Prager and Martin Stiefermann ask what a better life can be like, what we would have to do to achieve it and explore the topic of constant mobility and inconstancy. The performance A BETTER LIFE is a based on the research project LUXUS-WEG, a coproduction between the performance group MS Schrittmacher from Berlin and ACT Association for Independent Theatre from Sofia, funded by the Szenenwechsel (Change of Scene) program of the Robert Bosch Stiftung and ITI German Centre. The research focused on German senior citizens living in old-age poverty immigrating to Bulgaria and young Bulgarians coming to Germany to work in the medical and health care sector and raised questions about the motivation, development and significance of these movements. What would we give up for better living standards and luxury? What does “a better life” actually mean today? When are we ready to trade social capital for material capital? A BETTER LIFE is a performance created from the essence of the research and deals with the topic of the constant dream of a better life. It is about possibilities, about fears, wishes and desires, about freedom and about a society where everything is always in motion.

[Source: play bill]

TFB Nr. 1417

Cast & Credits

Concept, Realization and Performance: Iva Sveshtarova, Willy Prager, Martin Stiefermann
Concept, Text and Dramaturgy: Natalie Baudy
Music: Emilian Gatsov – Elbi
Costume Consultant: Neli Mitewa
Lighting Design: Ralitsa Toneva
Production Management: Helena Tsiflidis
Board Operator: Jenny Eyer

Funded by: Szenenwechsel (Change of Scene) – Robert Bosch Stiftung / ITI German Centre, Ministry of Culture Bulgaria
Co-produced by: DNK – space for contemporary dance and performance, ACT Festival for Independent Theatre

Special thanks to: Kathrin Hrusanova and Chris Yovchev for their work and help in the research project LUXUS-WEG
Thanks to: Petra Krallenberg, Anette Britsch, Irina Lazarova, Marina Mentscheva, Anna Lex, Ulrich Stiefermann, Lydia O’Callaghan, Mark Peckmezian, Rose Beermann, Theater Thikwa and Bulgarienfranz

English Theatre Berlin

Fidicinstraße 40
10965 Berlin

Video Documentation

The video documentation is produced on behalf of the Senate Department for Culture and Europe. The purpose of this contract is to document productions in the field of contemporary dance in Berlin. The master recordings are archived by the University Library of the Berlin University of Arts. Copies of the recordings on DVD are available for viewing exclusively in the reference collections of the following archives (at media desks in these institutions):

University Library of the Berlin University of Arts
Mediathek für Tanz und Theater des Internationalen Theaterinstituts / Mime Centrum Berlin
Inter-University Centre for Dance Berlin (HZT)

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