08.06. – 18.06.2023

The Impulse Theatre Festival has been the most important platform for the independent performing arts in the German-speaking countries for more than 30 years. We will be hosting the SHOWCASE this year, presenting the productions selected by the jury at the FFT and at various other locales throughout Düsseldorf.

Nicoleta Esinencu


Speech concert Music & Sound Theatre & Performance
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Two Moldovan students have repurposed their tools as musical instruments. They hope they will soon find jobs abroad. This frames the performance: in between beeps, creaks and sounds of the spheres, it focusses on the lie of progress, which is supposed to create social justice, prosperity and a good life for all, but in truth constantly produces new forms of exploitation and control.

The performers tell stories such as that of the Eastern European student who delivers packages for Amazon in Düsseldorf – for 10,50 Euro per hour gross and with the dispatcher on his back, phoning to tell him he is 20 stops behind. Who hardly has time to eat or go to the toilet. They tell of people whose work is essential to maintaining the comfort zone of the West – but who get mistreated and abused for doing it.

These reports from the world of work alternate with exercises that blame society’s problem on the individual; “Be your best self,” the performer murmurs from the stage. “It’s your choice: piss in a bottle or piss yourself.” This is the new freedom – for the Amazon driver and for many others. ‘SINFONIE DES FORTSCHRITTS’ dissects Western double standards in a cutting and humorous manner.



By: Nicoleta Esinencu, teatru-spălătorie, Performers: Nicoleta Esinencu, Artiom Zavadovsky, Doriana Talmazan, Kira Semionov, Nora Dorogan, Oana Cirpanu, Technical Development: Iulian Lungu, Neonil Rosça, Technician: Sergiu Iachimov, Production Managers: Jana Penz, Artistic Consultant: Aenne Quiñones, Technical Direction HAU: Annette Becker, Sound HAU: Janis Klinkhammer, Lighting HAU: Lea Schneidermann, Translation Moldovan Romanian to German: Eva Ruth Wemme, Translation Moldovan Romanian to English: Artiom Zavadovsky, Translation Russian to German: Yvonne Griesel, Translation Russian to English: Artiom Zavadovsky


A production by HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Berlin and teatru-spălătorie. A co-production by FFT Düsseldorf, HELLERAU – European Centre for the Arts, Dresden, Theater Rampe, Stuttgart, Festival Theaterformen, Hanover. Funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media through the Alliance of International Production Houses