as part of west off meets Freischwimmen

08.12. – 10.12.2022

west off ist die qualifizierende Plattform für den künstlerischen Nachwuchs aus NRW, getragen von den Produktionshäusern Theater im Ballsaal Bonn, FFT Düsseldorf und studiobühneköln. Dieses Jahr verknüpft sich west off mit dem internationalen Netzwerk Freischwimmen und zeigt die nächste Generation von Theatermacher*innen.

äöü + Jung Sun Kim

once upon a time there was a future

Performance Social/Urban Movements Theatre & Performance

How will we live in the future? As part of a supportive global community devoid of national borders, without arduous toil? With capsule nutrition, excursions into space, nursing care robots and in-house nuclear facilities?

People always held a desire to prophesy the future. Be it through stargazing, oracles, the forces of fantasy, or by means of empirical futurology. These concepts of future always mirror the concerns and hopes of the present. When the future then eventually becomes real, these notions about the future become documents of the past.

In once upon a time there was a future, the äöü group and choreographer and performer Jung Sun Kim take their audience along for a voyage between the ages.

partners in crime


Concept & Performance: äöü (Patricia Bechtold, Johannes Karl) + Jung Sun Kim. Dramaturgy: Franziska Schneeberger. Stage: Eunsung Yang. Costumes: Sylvia Straub. Sound design & Media composition: Matthias Erian. Lighting design & Technical direction: Simon Lenzen. Production management: Carina Graf. PR & Graphic design: Kathrin Baumgartner.


An äöü (Patricia Bechtold / Johannes Karl) GbR and Jung Sun Kim production in coproduction with FFT Düsseldorf and ehrenfeldstudios Köln/ Cologne. Supported by the Fonds Darstellende Künste through funds granted by the Federal Commissioner for Culture and Media as part of NEUSTART KULTUR, by the Ministry for Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, the NRW Landesbüro Freie Darstellende Künste (North Rhine-Westphalia State Office for the Independent Performing Arts), Kunststiftung NRW. With friendly support lent by the studiotrade network and António M Cabrita of the Companhia Paulo Ribeiro, Portugal.