from Ivo Briedis

ES KANN NURER SIEGER SEIN, the first premiere in 2017, is a German-Latvian co-production. The play by Ivo Briedis is staged by Frank Heuel with video recordings by Peteris Kimelis and a stop-motion film by Ivo Briedis produced especially for this play.

With: Frank Heuel, Andreas Meidinger, Maria Munkert, Laila Nielsen, an old man
Director: Frank Heuel
Stop motion film: Ivo Briedis
Video: Annika Ley, Peteris Kimelis
Space and costumes: Annika Ley
Sound design: Andreas Meidinger

Premiere: January 20, 2017, theaterimballsaal, Bonn

Crossing boundaries is as seductive as it is daring. It can happen insidiously and unnoticed or attention-seeking and loudly. IT CAN ONLY BE A WINNER is a story of multiple border crossings: A small advertising agency receives an order for a campaign on euthanasia. The precarious thing about it is that it is supposed to be an euthanasia campaign not only for the old and the sick, but for everyone. Not living, but dying is to be presented as desirable. The protagonists leave no stone unturned to increase their own creativity and free themselves from moral restrictions for this lucrative contract. In the process, they get caught in tricky border areas between dream and reality, mind and body, ambition and adaptation. Things get particularly unpredictable when the animating slogan “Only one can be a winner” suddenly sounds like a military mission.

In this production, Frank Heuel and his German and Latvian colleagues also soften aesthetic and technical boundaries and thus rely on an irritating tension between live presentation and recording, between theater and animation, between actor and role.

A production of Sieger GbR/fringe ensemble in cooperation with Dailes Teatris in Riga. Sponsored by: Ministry for Family, Children, Youth, Culture and Sports of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, Federal City of Bonn.