a theatrical essay.

Life is a gift! The world is a light that man sees at birth. To be is good, not to be is bad. Death is terrible! We celebrate being, creating and making as if we wanted to run away from something....
But why is it actually better that something is rather than simply nothing? Maybe we should reconcile ourselves with nothingness? But - what is nothing? And if it is nothing, what is it? Based on Ludger Lütkehaus' book "Nichts - Abschied vom Sein - Ende der Angst" (Nothing - Farewell to Being - End of Fear), Futur3 's theatrical essay shakes up the intellectual-historical narratives of the Occident. To do so, they turn the Orangerie upside down, let objects speak and hymns resound. For how (in God's name) is one supposed to grasp nothingness in 90 minutes?

"NOTHING is the happiness of the enlightened pessimist, for nothing comes as close to happiness as NOTHING"


Ludger Lütkehaus, from "Nothing - Farewell to Being. The end of fear"

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"Nothing "a theatrical essay
"Nothing "a theatrical essay
"Nothing "a theatrical essay
"Nothing "a theatrical essay
"Nothing "a theatrical essay
"Nothing "a theatrical essay


Premiere: 19.11.2016, 20:00h
Further dates: 20.11., 18:00h | 23.-26.11., 20:00h | 27.11., 18:00h | 29.11. + 30.11.2016, 20:00h
Venue: Orangerie - Theater im Volksgarten, Volksgartenstr. 25, 50677 Köln

Ticket prices

Admission: 16 euros, 10 euros reduced, 3 euros with Cologne Pass

0221 952 27 08

* Reduced prices for the unemployed, pensioners and severely disabled on presentation of ID card.


Play: André Erlen, Stefan H. Kraft Artistic direction: Erlen, Kahnert, Kraft, Wirth Artistic collaboration: Gerhard Roiß Lighting: Boris Kahnert Space: Petra Maria Wirth Sound: Jörg Ritzenhoff Project management: Armin Leoni Public relations: na-komm Assistance: Olga Koziluk Graphics: Henning Hoefer

© A production by Futur3 - freies Theaterkollektiv Köln in cooperation with Freihandelszone - Ensemblenetzwerk Köln
Supported by: Cultural Office of the City of Cologne, Ministry for Family, Children, Youth, Culture and Sport of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, NRW Landesbüro Freie Darstellende Künste e.V., Kunststiftung Matrong

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Tags: performance / philosophy / theatre