A performance grounded in lies about life.

  • Work in progress
  • Marszałkowska 8

an imperfect utopia

22.10 20:00

Premiere, induction loop

23.10 19:00

Induction loop

28.12 19:00

Induction loop

29.12 19:00

Induction loop

30.12 19:00

Induction loop

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  • Director

    Noémi Ola Berkowitz

  • Dramaturgy

    Marta Wawrzyniak

  • German premiere

    15 July 2022

  • Warsaw premiere

    21 October 2022




About performance

In this world in this world of meticulously constructed gender norms, do people even have a chance to be themselves? Is everything that has been instilled in us since childhood as “natural behavior” not only oppression for those who  deviate from cultural norms, but also a prison for us all?

Can we dream of a world without shame and stigma? With a love of freedom for all, instead of power for the select few?

These are the questions artists explore in the German-Polish performance project “an imperfect utopia”, directed by Noémi Ola Berkowitz. The ensemble – two actors from the Munich Kammerspiele, two actors from TR Warszawa, and one performer from the Ballroom community – will jointly research various strategies to shake off histories of oppression and problematic mechanisms. 

“an imperfect utopia” is an immersive theater evening in which performers and spectators draw close to one another. Not only social norms will be questioned, but also theatrical norms. The audience will be onstage with the performers and a DJ will design sound and drop beats live. The performance form, workshopped at the Sopot Non Fiction Theater Festival in 2021, is influenced by the underground drag performance and Ballroom scenes, where the line between spectator and participant is blurred. A hybrid of liberation and camp, of intimate confessions, queer theory and private enlightenment, of lies and truths, of various languages and their moments of failure – an evening in which impossible dreams emerge in all their extravagant glory!

Martyna Wawrzyniak (co-author of Heart, directed by Wiktor Bagiński)  will develop the text after a joint research with the ensemble, in which all the various perspectives come to light: City and country, Poland and Germany, dialogue and dance, public and private, shameful and proud, older and younger, binary and nonbinary… 

This production marks the first joint production created in the artistic partnership between TR Warszawa and the Munich Kammerspiele. Both theaters are committed to experimental exploration of new forms as well as contemporary material. “Die Wirklichkeit nicht in Ruhe lassen” – „do not leave reality alone“ – is the motto with which the Kammerspiele’s new artistic directing team began their work in 2020. “an imperfect utopia” is also a part of TR Warszawa’s season called “turn on the full spectrum” programmed as well along queer culture topics. 

photo: Judith Buss


directed by: Noémi Ola Berkowitz

text: Martyna Wawrzyniak, Noémi Ola Berkowitz, Ensemble

stage design: Mirjam Pleines

costume design: Florian Buder

music: Trace Polly Müller

light design: Charlotte Marr

video: Jake Witlen

dramaturge: Viola Hasselberg, Rania Mleihi, Martyna Wawrzyniak

assistant director: Claudia Kaunzner

directing and dramaturgy intern: Carolin Bernklau

stage design intern: Mara Yakuba

costume design intern: Liz Bromberger

stage manager: Stefanie Rendtorff

surtitles: Yvonne Griesel

technical production management: Jonas Pim Simon

artistic production management: Angelika Koch

artistic production management Warsaw: Magda Igielska

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