as part of Welcome, Meine Damen und Herren

01.09. – 01.07.2024

The FFT and the inclusive Hamburg theater group Meine Damen und Herren have been friends for many years. Now the FFT has moved to a new location and Meine Damen und Herren have transformed into a collective. It’s time to take our friendship to a new level! With the 2023/24 season, we will begin a two-year collaboration: visiting and learning from each other.

Meine Damen und Herren

Der Ball (The Ball)

Performance Social/Urban Movements Theatre & Performance

The auditorium has been prepared, the guests take their seats – only the hosts are still missing. The performers from the award-winning inclusive ensemble Meine Damen und Herren are stuck in enchanted rooms – some of them real, some of them virtual. The audience has to free them all for the ball to begin!

Der Ball (The Ball) marks a simultaneous conclusion and a new beginning: Meine Damen und Herren let go of their previous method of working as an ensemble with changing guest directors and transform into a collective. Together, they experiment with the possibilities and opportunities of functioning as equals – even in spaces with a structural power imbalance. Therefore, they develop remarkable artistic tools and new aesthetics.

partners in crime


By and featuring: Sophie Arlt, Katharina Bromka, Simone Burckhardt, Lis Marie Diehl, Christoph Grothaus, Josefine Großkinsky, Friederike Jaglitz, Milena Kaute, Marc-André Klotz, Ilva Lindemann, Melanie Lux, Noa Michalski, Thomas Möller, Markus Pfister, Tom Reinecke, Celina Scharff, Michael Schumacher, Dennis Seidel, Mira Seesemann, Paula Stolze, Lina Strothmann, Daniel Tietjen, Martina Vermaaten, Eidglas Xavier, Matthias Zalachowski. Stage and Decor: Daniel Almagor, Ada Grüter, Jascha B. Kretschmann, Janne S. Plutat. Dramaturgical Counsel: Claude Jansen, Sibylle Peters, Esther Pilkington. Dramaturgical and Process Support: Filomena Krause. Music: Barner 16 / Choreography: Eidglas Xavier. Video: Daniel Almagor, Ada Grüter, 17motion. Lighting Design: Lars Kracht. Production Management: Sina Schröppel (PK3000). Press and Public Relations: Anja Michalke. Photo: Christian Martin.


Supported by the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, Ministry of Culture and Media, and by the Fonds Darstellende Künste with funds granted by the Federal Commissioner for Culture and the Media. A barner 16 / alsterarbeit gGmbH production. In co-production with Kampnagel.

Supported by Kunststiftung NRW as part of the “Wir stellen uns die ganz großen Fragen. Wollen oder nicht wollen? (We ask the really big questions. To want or not to want?)” programme, and as part of the Alliance of International Production Houses by the Federal Commissioner for Culture and the Media.