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by and with Henrike Iglesias

In an interactive game show, the performers of the collective Henrike Iglesias compete against each other. The audience decides via app who bears up best against the competition’s challenging performance categories.



© Dorothea Tuch

  • 1 h 30 min
  • In German with English subtitles

Past Dates

After-show talk
on 19 May 2021 at 21:10

In “UNDER PRESSURE”, theatre collective Henrike Iglesias subject themselves to the pressure to perform. Three of the performers enter a competition, where they expose themselves to the audience’s judgment, while a voice from off-stage urges them on. The candidates have to deliver: Who can produce the most convincing show of tears, who will win the category “Best Lover” or who will come out on top of social comparison when the question is who stands to inherit the most? Is there an escape from the pressure to achieve? Through its increasingly absurd challenges, the piece questions demand for discipline and scrutinises the dictate of resilience, self-optimisation and stress resistance. In the version of “UNDER PRESSURE” presented at the 2021 Theatertreffen, viewers have the choice of taking part in the voting or merely watching the show.

Artistic Team

Henrike Iglesias (Anna Fries, Eva G. Alonso, Laura Naumann, Malu Peeters, Marielle Schavan, Sophia Schroth) Concept, performance
Nadine Bakota Costume design
Anne Bellinger Costume design assistance
Sophia Petrova Software development
Naomi Boyce Translation and subtitles
Maxine Devaud – Maxinthewood Productions Production management CH
ehrliche arbeit – freies Kulturbüro Production management DE

By and with
Anna Fries, Eva G. Alonso, Laura Naumann, Malu Peeters, Marielle Schavan, Sophia Schroth

A production by Henrike Iglesias in co-production with FFT Freies Theater (Dusseldorf), brut (Vienna), ROXY Birsfelden, Schlachthaus Theater Bern, SOPHIENSÆLE and Südpol Luzern.
Funded by the Senate Department for Culture and Europe Berlin, Ernst Göhner Stiftung, Migros Culture Percentage, Wilhelm and Ida Hertner-Strasser Stiftung and BLBK Stiftung für Kultur und Bildung.
Special Thanks to Marie Simons.