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Bucket List

By Yael Ronen & Shlomi Shaban

Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz, Berlin

World premiere: 9 December 2023

Bucket List © Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz

What can you do when everything changes from one day to the next? In “Bucket List”, Shlomi Shaban and Yael Ronen calibrate an escape from the unbearable present with songs between jazz and pop music as well as sorrowfully beautiful images.

Carolin Emcke (Author and Journalist)
Wednesday, 8.5.2024 after the performance

Watch the full-length performance on television
Saturday, 18.5.2024 at 21:45 on 3sat

Watch the full-length performance online
in the 3sat-Mediathek and in the BerlinerFestspiele Media Library from Thursday, 2.5.2024 to Saturday, 1.5.2027

There are indications of sensitive and/or health-relevant content.

“In the very near future, memory will be a choice”. This is the promise made the start-up company “Zeitgeist”. Its specialty is to alter or delete traumatic memories. A man whose world view has collapsed overnight agrees to undergo this treatment – and ends up being plagued by strange phantom memories.
Songwriter Shlomi Shaban, director Yael Ronen, their cast and their band use the form of the musical to address loss, dissolution and pain in haunting music and tranquil, focused images. An intense, highly emotional show about an overwhelming present.

Statement of the Jury

Sometimes the theatre manages to be contemporary in a way that is the opposite of “up-to-date”. In these instances, something seems to lie behind what we see on stage, like a second skin. “Bucket List” is such a show. Because it is precisely not what many had expected – a concrete analysis of the horrors of 7 October 2023. Instead: There is trust in what is your own, in art, music and the original story. But how can this story be told without dealing with the Here and Now? A man wants his memories to be deleted because he is suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. But some shreds remain, some eerie scraps of yesterday’s memories, like those white pieces of clothing that keep falling from the theatre’s rafters. Among the disconsolate yearning of these images, Yael Ronen, Shlomi Shaban and their cast have created grand musical theatre, effortlessly changing between Broadwayesque glamour and mellifluous singer-songwriter sounds. As masterfully as ever – and yet nothing seems like it was before.

Tojuror Janis El-Bira’s video statement in the Berliner Festspiele Media Library (in German)

ProgrammeBooklet (PDF, 0.6 MB)

Artistic Team

Yael Ronen – Director
Shlomi Shaban – Songwriting and Composition
Magda Willi – Stage Design
Amit Epstein – Costume Design
Yaniv Fridel, Ofer (OJ) Shabi – Composition and Music Direction
Stefano Di Buduo – Video
Irina Szodruch, Martín Valdés-Stauber – Dramaturgy
Erich Schneider – Lighting Design
Till Josa Paar – Vocal Coach


Carolin Haupt, Christopher Nell, Damian Rebgetz, Ruth Rosenfeld

Thomas Moked Blum, Amir Bresler, Hila Kulik – Live Music

Co-production with Théâtre de Liège – with the support of Wallonia-Brussels International.
Supported by the European theater network PROSPERO – Extended Theatre.
Kindly supported by the Heinz and Heide Dürr Foundation.
Kindly supported by Goethe Institute.

Performing rights: Carstensen & Oegel International GmbH