A BETTER LIFE – Performance
Premiere on 18 December 2019 at the DNK Sofia
German premiere on 24 January 2020 at the English Theatre
Further performances at the ACT Festival in Sofia from 17 to 24 October 2020
The performance A BETTER LIFE is based on the research project LUXUS-WEG, a co-production of the German dance and performance group MS Schrittmacher and the ACT Independent Theater Festival Bulgaria. In the LUXUS-WEG research project, German choreographer Martin Stiefermann and Bulgarian choreographers Willy Prager and Iva Sveshtarova have explored the migration movements between the two countries. The focus was on German seniors in poverty who emigrate to Bulgaria and young Bulgarians who come to Germany to work mainly in the medical and nursing sector. Questions about the motivation, development and significance of these movements were asked intensively during the research.What would one sacrifice for better living conditions and luxury? What does ‘a better life’ even mean today? When are we ready to exchange social capital for material capital?
a dance performance by MS Schrittmacher
In HEIMATFRONT – Das Desaster lässt grüßen (domestic front – The disaster says hello) MS Schrittmacher puts the question, how long we can ignore the exploiting and martial consequences of our lifestyle in the comfort zone of Europe
Rare earths in smartphones, the cheap shirt from the sweatshop factory, the unfairly traded cup of coffee – our daily lifestyle is based on exploitation and creates conflicts and wars. A fact that we are so clear about until we suppress it. For our comfortable lifestyle we wage a war of wealth whose frontlines are spread all over the globe. But the migration of refugees driven by desperation, the brutal escalation of conflicts throughout the world and the increasing of terrorism in Europe make it more and more difficult for us to look away. The disaster that our affluent societies carried out to the world is returning home to its origin.
How will our view and our actions change when the front of our war of wealth is coming closer and becomes a domestic front? What to do when you face the consequences of your wealthy lifestyle and when the possibility to suppress is almost gone? Three performers name the martial and inhuman aspects of our prosperity. They confront themselves and the audience, avoid the unavoidable and are forced to take action. A musician and a video artist record directly the abstruse fight of the performers and produce sound and video sequences out of it which create again and again new contexts and ludicrous spaces. With their eye for the grotesque in the real MS Schrittmacher put their finger on the wound in this absurd fight for prosperity and dignity.
The war which seems to be the war of the others is coming home and turns the comfort zone into the domestic front.
supported by Fonds Doppelpass of Kulturstiftung des Bundes
a research installation by MS Schrittmacher about the emigration and the escape of German “Ausdruckstanz” dancers.
In the context of the POST- expressive dance in Israel, Germany and the Butoh-Festival – a two-weeks festival with installations, exhibitions, performances and interactive formats with Gaby Aldor, Maya M. Carroll, Johanna Lemke, Yuko Kaseki, Brit Rodemund, Efrat Stempler, Martin Stiefermann, Albrecht Ziepert, Roy Carroll and many more.
There is a link to the PREZI Documentation/Presentation to our research.