A Better Life (2019)

A BETTER LIFE

A performance, produced by Brain Store Project and MS Schrittmacher

If you want a better life you must live a better life.

In the Bulgarian-German co-production A Better Life, the three choreographers and performers Iva Sveshtarova, Willy Prager and Martin Stiefermann ask what a better life can be like, what we would have to do to achieve it and explore the topic of constant mobility and inconstancy.

The performance A Better Life is a based on the research project LUXUS-WEG, a co-production between the performance group MS Schrittmacher from Berlin and ACT Association for Independent Theatre from Sofia, funded by the Szenenwechsel (Change of Scene) program of the Robert Bosch Stiftung. The research was focusing on German senior citizens living in old-age poverty going to Bulgaria and young Bulgarians coming to Germany to work in the medical and health care sector and brought up questions about motivation, development and meaning of these movements. What would you give up for better living standards and luxury? What does ‚a better life‘ even mean today? When are we ready to trade social capital against material capital?

Concept, Realization and Performance: Iva Sveshtarova, Willy Prager, Martin Stiefermann

Concept, Text and Dramaturgy: Natalie Baudy

Music: Emilian Gatsov – Elbi

Costume Consultant: Neli Mitewa

Lighting Design: Ralitsa Toneva

Production Management: Helena Tsiflidis

Graphic Design: Georgi Florov

PR/Public Relations, Bulgaria: A25 Cultural Foundation

PR/Public Relations, Germany: Sarah Rosenau / English Theatre

Funded by: Szenenwechsel (Change of Scene) – Robert Bosch Stiftung, Ministry of Culture Bulgaria

Co-produced by DNK, ACT Association