Nicoleta Esinencu/HAU

Sinfonie des Fortschritts // Musical Performance


60% Music | 60% Drill | 75% Rage

Fri 27.05.22, 7:30 – 9:10 pm     Tickets
Sat 28.05.22, 7:30 – 9:10 pm    Tickets

Moldavian Romanian, Russian and English with German and English subtitles

We live in a society dedicated to the idea of progress: a democratic, scientific and technological progress that supposedly promises us all social justice, prosperity and a good life. It is precisely this idyllic notion of progress that Nicoleta Esinencu takes aim at, revealing its violent aspects.

She shows how the progress of the capitalist system ceaselessly gives rise to new forms of exploitation and colonization. How technological progress leads to control and punishment rather than protection or support. How violence progresses in the relations between West and East, exacerbated by the pandemic in which migrant workers are exposed to the conditions of Western societies. Supported by the pounding sound of work equipment and machine parts, the collective tells of people from Eastern Europe who have to work in undignified conditions in the West in order to survive.

The teatru-spălătorie is a political theater collective that enables artists from Moldovan independent culture to express themselves, be heard, and take a stand on current events. Under the motto "Enjoy Killjoy", Nicoleta Esinencu creates contextual references to theorists such as Sara Ahmed. Symphony of Progress is a musical performance between agitprop and didactic piece with feminist contributions to decolonization.

A Performance by: Nicoleta Esinencu, Artiom Zavadovsky, Doriana Talmazan, Kira Semionov, Nora Dorogan, Oana Cirpanu
Technical Development: Iulian Lungu, Neonil Rosça
Technique: Sergiu Iachimov
Production Management: Jana Penz
Technical Direction HAU: Annette Becker
Sound HAU: Janis Klinkhammer
Light HAU: Lea Schneidermann
Translation Moldavian Romanian into German: Eva Ruth Wemme
Translation Moldavian Romanian into English: Artiom Zavadovschi
Translation Russian into German: Yvonne Griesel
Artistic Advice: Aenne Quiñones

With: Artiom Zavadovsky, Doriana Talmazan, Kira Semionov |

"Nicoleta Esinencu, the furious voice of contemporary Moldovan drama, addresses the excesses of Western 'progress'. At HAU Berlin, this has turned into a performance in which it creaks, hisses and sounds. And even more makes the evening a special language concert."

- Christian Rakow,