by and with Henrike Iglesias
About This Production
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.
By and with
A production by Henrike Iglesias in co-production with SOPHIENSÆLE (Berlin), FFT Freies Theater (Dusseldorf), brut (Vienna), ROXY Birsfelden, Schlachthaus Theater Bern 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.