A country that did (not) exist

May 27
Thurs., 24h
May 28 Fri., 24h
May 29 Sat., 24h

*Video on demand 24 hours a day - German with English subtitles and German subtitles for deaf and hearing impaired people

*Tickets here

The German Democratic Republic was founded on October 7, 1949 and came to an end on October 3, 1990. At least, that’s the version of history we know. A failed experiment. But how much do we really know about the real story (or stories)?

RED OR DEAD was an immersive performance about political participation and the (re)construction of the course of history and memory. From the summer of 2017 to the winter of 2019, a five-part serial format invited the audience to make new decisions regarding the turning points of the history of the GDR and to discuss them. During the lockdown, the 32 hours of film material of the performances that had been collected were converted into a hybrid film version that oscillates between DEFA (the East German state-owned film company) and documentary.

Director Carolin Millner Stage Morgenstern & Wildegans Dramaturgy Theresa Selter Conceptual advice Fee Römer Costume design Maylin Habig Assistant director Ivana Mitric Camera Teresa Hoerl Cut Kai Minierski Players Sarah Gailer / Johanna Miller / Sam Michelson / Oliver Konietzny / Anna Rausch, Magdalena Wabitsch / Andreas Jahncke / Florian Mania / Bettina Földesi / Philipp Scholtysik / Nicolai Gonther

The production was created in cooperation with studioNAXOS. The theater project was made possible by the Kulturamt Frankfurt am Main, the Ministry of Arts and Science of the State of Hesse, the Kulturfonds RheinMain, the Bundeszentrale für politische Stiftung, the TuWas-Stiftung für Gemeinsinn and Stiftung Frauen in Europa, the Holger Koppe Stiftung, the Zürcher Hochschule der Künste, the Naspa Stiftung, the FAZIT Stiftung and flausen – young artists in residence.