as part of NOW REALLY?

07.12. – 09.12.2023

The FFT nourishes longstanding connections to artists in Düsseldorf, in Germany, and throughout the world. But how does a new work enter the repertoire? The west off and Freischwimmen programmes play an important part in this. west off lends support to new groups from North Rhine-Westphalia just starting out on the independent scene. The network provided by Freischwimmen works in a very similar way – on an international level, and it has been doing that for the past 20 years.

David Martínez Morente


Theatre Social/Urban Movements Theatre & Performance

Being feminist while being a man – does that work? And if so, how? Loosely based on the character of Richard III and an imaginary friendship with Cristiano Ronaldo, the performer starts a journey through various genres within the performing arts. World literature, theatre stages and football stadiums are teeming with patriarchal imprinting. How could a person who has been socialised as male deal with this today? Between outdated role models, utopian ideas, feminist positioning, and allyship, David Martínez Morente seeks answers and artistic exploration. He perceives the theatre evening as an appointment with his audience, encountering the visitors with appreciation, energy, and unrestrained honesty. His best friends support him in this.


David Martínez Morente, born in 1993 in Solingen into an Italian-Spanish working-class family, completed his acting studies at the Zurich University of the Arts. He currently studies Scenic Research at Ruhr University Bochum. He has been working as a freelance actor and performer since 2020. Most recently, he realised a production of “Romeo and Juliet” together with the inclusive ensemble at Freie Bühne Munich. “Richard III oder CR7istiano” is the first work in a professional context for which he takes over artistic direction duties. David Martínez Morente lives in Düsseldorf. He is supported by Joanna Wantoch von Rekowski, Nils Lemmerich, and Giorgina Hämmerli, whom he met during his studies in Zurich.

Artistic Direction: David Martínez Morente. Performance: Nils Lemmerich, David Martínez Morente, Joanna Wantoch von Rekowski. Production Management: Joanna Wantoch von Rekowski. Outside Eyes: Giorgina Hämmerli, Nils Lemmerich, Joanna Wantoch von Rekowski. Pesterette: Giorgina Hämmerli. Mentoring: Markus Schäfer


Production: David Martínez Morente; Co-production: Studiobühne Köln
west off receives support from the Cultural Departments of the Cities of Bonn, Düsseldorf, and Cologne as well as from the Ministry for Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia.