Berlin, 16 August 2018
As part of the Which Future?!text in italic project, co-produced by the Deutsches Theater Berlin and the Humboldt Forum, Let Them Eat Money will premiere on Friday, 28 September 2018, at 7.30 pm on the stage of the Deutsches Theater, Schumannstraße 13a, 10117 Berlin. A second performance will take place on Wednesday, 3 October 2018 at 7 pm. Tickets sales have already begun. Tickets are available at the theatre box office and in the Deutsches Theater’s online shop.
Europe in the year 2028. The EU is plunged into its biggest ever crisis following Italy’s exit of the union. By way of damage limitation, an unconditional basic income is introduced for the remainder of the EU. But the collapse of the economy and of society itself can no longer be halted. The political establishment and a group of activists each try to determine who or what is responsible. Does the cause lie in a random chain of best intentions?
One year ago, award-winning writer and film and theatre director Andres Veiel and author Jutta Doberstein launched the series Which Future?! as a co-production between the Deutsches Theater and the Humboldt Forum. Using participative formats, they brought together international scholars and members of the public to develop future scenarios dealing with themes relating to work, finance, environment, the state, etc. On the basis of this extensive research they wrote the science fiction drama Which Future? – Let Them Eat Money, which examines the world of today through the lens of tomorrow. For Andres Veiel and Jutta Doberstein it is about a future in flux that we must create so that it does not simply happen to us. Which tracks do we follow? And which ones do we leave behind?
Which Future?! started in September 2017 with a laboratory at the Deutsches Theater Berlin. International scholars and some 250 participants worked together to develop a (crisis) scenario for the next ten years – a fictional situation rooted in facts. The second part, a two-day symposium in April 2018 organized jointly with the Humboldt Forum, dealt with the most pressing questions and problems that had been raised in the laboratory. Under the rubric Der nächste Staat – Rethinking State, the symposium brought together representatives from civil society and the realms of culture, activism and science to design new models of work and state. The themes and outcomes deriving from the laboratory and symposium were fed into a third phase, the play, which will premiere at the Deutsches Theater in September. The project Which Future?! will be rounded off in a final conference, held at the Deutsches Theater after the opening of the Humboldt Forum. Further information can be found at welchezukunft.org.
When the Humboldt Forum opens its doors in late 2019, it will mark the establishment of a whole new cultural quarter in the very heart of Berlin. By bringing together outstanding collections containing major exhibits – among them spiritual objects and artworks from Asia, Africa and America – and coupling these with a variety of cultural activities, the Humboldt Forum is seeking to inspire new insights into the worlds of the past, present and future. With the Stiftung Humboldt Forum im Berliner Schloss at the helm, the participating actors are the Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz (SPK) with the Ethnologisches Museum and the Museum für Asiatische Kunst of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Kulturprojekte Berlin with Stadtmuseum Berlin, and the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. The Humboldt Forum has already developed a highly visible presence with its diverse programme of exhibitions, discussions, performances, workshops, films and artistic interventions.
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