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Symphony of Progress

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”.