A Better Life




Concept, Realization and Performance: Iva Sveshtarova, Willy Prager, Martin Stiefermann

Concept, Text and Dramaturgy: Natalie Baudy

Music: Emilian Gatsov – Elbi

Costume Consultant: Neli Mitewa

Lighting Design: Ralitsa Toneva

Production Management: Helena Tsiflidis

Graphic Design: Georgi Florov


In the Bulgarian-German co-production A BETTER LIFE, the three choreographers and performers Iva Sveshtarova, Willy Prager and Martin Stiefermann ask what a better life can be like, what we would have to do to achieve it and explore the topic of constant mobility and inconstancy.


If you want a better life you must live a better life.


The performance A BETTER LIFE is a based on the research project LUXUS-WEG, a co-production between the performance group MS Schrittmacher from Berlin and ACT Association for Independent Theatre from Sofia, funded by the Szenenwechsel (Change of Scene) program of the Robert Bosch Stiftung.


The research was focusing on German senior citizens living in old-age poverty going to Bulgaria and young Bulgarians coming to Germany to work in the medical and health care sector and brought up questions about motivation, development and meaning of these movements. What would you give up for better living standards and luxury? What does ‚a better life‘ even mean today? When are we ready to trade social capital against material capital?


A BETTER LIFE is a performance, created out of the essences of the research, dealing with the topic of the constant dream of a better life. It is about possibilities, about fears, wishes and desires, about freedom and about a society where everything is always in motion.


Where: DNK – space for contemporary dance and performance

When: 19 October 2020 (Monday), 19:00

Duration: 60 min.

Tickets: 15 BGN



Production of Brain Store Project and MS Schrittmacher

PR/Public Relations, Bulgaria: Ina Doublekova and Kremena Hristova (A25 Cultural Foundation)

Funded by: Szenenwechsel (Change of Scene) – Robert Bosch Stiftung, Ministry of Culture Bulgaria

Co-produced by DNK – space for contemporary dance and performance, ACT Festival for Independent Theatre

Special thanks to: Kathrin Hrusanova and Chris Yovchev for their work and help in the research project LUXUS-WEG

Thanks to: Petra Krallenberg, Anette Britsch, Irina Lazarova, Marina Mentscheva, Anna Lex, Ulrich Stiefermann, Lydia O’Callaghan, Mark Peckmezian and Bulgarienfranz