A party with the poems of Selma Meerbaum

Nominated for the Cologne Theatre Prize 2021:


1942: Shortly before deportation to a Nazi forced labour camp, Selma Meerbaum finishes her last poem with the words: "I have not had time to finish writing." She hands over her only handwritten book of poems into saving hands. This book of poems was passed on countless times across Europe and thus survived the Second World War. Today we can get to know Selma Meerbaum and her poetry, about which the poet Rose Ausländer said: "World literature that the world does not know". I WANT TO LIVE! celebrates Selma's poems, which tell of the passions and hopes of a young girl growing up in the multi-ethnic Bukovina of the 1920s. Her greatest longing? - Life!

ICH WILL LEBEN!, a German-Ukrainian co-production by Futur3, the Lesia Ukrainka Theatre from Lviv/Ukraine and the Neue Bühne Senftenberg. This bilingual theatre evening sets out to tell the incredible story of the salvation of this world literature, with music, in songs and lyrics.

Past dates

Guest performance tour Ukraine:
30.09.2023, 18:00
01.10.2023, 18:00
Venue: Teatr Lesi, Lviv, Ukraine

03.10.2023, 15:00
03.10.2023, 19:00
Venue: Chernivtsi City Theatre, Ukraine

6.05.2022, 9:00 and 11:30
7.05.2022, 19:30
8.05.2022, 19:00
9.05.2022, 9:00 and 11:30
10.05.2022, 9:00 and 11:30 

Venue: Neue Bühne Senftenberg, Theaterpassage 1, 01968 Senftenberg


27.05.2022, 20:00
28.05.2022, 20:00

Venue: Theater Pumpenhaus, Gartenstr. 123, 48147 Münster

Match dates planned for June 2022 in Lviv, Ukraine, had to be canceled due to the war.

Guest performance at the Sommerblut Festival

26. and 27.06.2021, 20:00 - Sommerblut Kultur Festival, artheater, Ehrenfeldgürtel 127, 50823 Cologne
Info and tickets via sommerblut.de

02 and 03.07.2021, 20:00 - Kultursommer am Kanal, Kleines Theater Schillerstraße, Schillerstraße 33, 21502 Geesthacht
Info via kultursommer-am-kanal.de
Phone: 04542/ 870 00
E-mail: info@stiftung-herzogtum.de

From and with

With Lena Conrad and Andrij Krawtschuck (acting); Mariana Sadovska (singing, composition, acting); André Erlen (direction, concept); Petra Maria Wirth (set and costume design); Maren Simoneit (dramaturgy, concept); Stefan H. Kraft (concept)

A production by Futur3, in cooperation with neue Bühne Senftenberg and Teatr Lesi Lwiw


With the kind support of:
Supported by the Doppelpass Fund of the Federal Cultural Foundation and 1700 Years of Jewish Life in Germany e.V. with funds from the Federal Ministry of the Interior, for Building and the Home Affairs of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia.

Tags: germany / double passport fund / performance / politics / ukraine