10 November| 20:00 – Odeon Theater, Majestic Hall
11 November| 18:00 – Odeon Theater, Majestic Hall
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 performance includes strong stroboscopic, light and sound effects. It is not recommended for people with light or sound sensitivity or who suffer from epilepsy.
A performance by Nicoleta Esinencu, Artiom Zavadovsky, Doriana Talmazan, Kira Semionov, Nora Dorogan, Oana Cîrpanu
By: Nicoleta Esinencu, teatru-spălătorie
Performers: Artiom Zavadovsky, Doriana Talmazan, Kira Semionov
Technical development: Iulian Lungu, Neonil Roșca
Technik: Sergiu Iachimov
Artistic consulting: Aenne Quiñones
Production manager: Jana Penz
Tecnical director HAU: Annette Becker
Sound HAU: Janis Klinkhammer
Light HAU: Lea Schneidermann
Translation from Moldavian Romanian into German: Eva Ruth Wemme / Translation from Moldavian Romanian into English: Artiom Zavadovsky / Translation from Russian into German: Yvonne Griesel /
Translation from Russian into English: Artiom Zavadovsky
Duration: 1h 40min
Not suitable under 12 years of age
In Moldovan Romanian and Russian with Romanian and English subtitles
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 migrant workers were exploited. Supported by the hammering sound of work tools and machine parts, Nicoleta Esinencu and the collective spălătorie tell the story of the people of Eastern Europe who are forced to work under humiliating conditions in the west in order to survive. The performance draws upon the traditions of agit prop and “Lehrstücke” (didactic plays) and, using the motto “Enjoy Killjoy”, makes references to theorists such as Sara Ahmed.
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”.