Film Suitable for english audience Introducing


A country that did (not) exist.

The German Democratic Republic was founded on October 7, 1949 and came to an end on October 3, 1990. At least, that’s the version of history we know. A failed experiment. But how much do we really know about the real story (or stories)?

RED OR DEAD was an immersive performance about political participation and the (re)construction of the course of history and memory. From the summer of 2017 to the winter of 2019, a five-part serial format invited the audience to make new decisions regarding the turning points of the history of the GDR and to discuss them. During the lockdown, the 32 hours of film material of the performances that had been collected were converted into a hybrid film version that oscillates between DEFA (the East German state-owned film company) and documentary.

Playing times
We 26.05 19:00 - 20:25

85 minutes

Ticket price regular: 5,00 €
Digital Event
What: Film premiere
"RED OR DEAD" can be viewed on demand throughout the festival period from May 26 until May 30.
Event notes

Language: German with English subtitles and German subtitles for deaf and hearing impaired people. Unfortunately, we can not offer the livestream on May 26 at 19:00 with subtitles – due to technical reasons.

On May 26 from 20:30 on you can get to know ELEGANZ AUS REFLEX in the Artist Talk.


Director: Carolin Millner
Stage: Morgenstern & Wildegans
Dramaturgy: Theresa Selter
Conceptual advice: Fee Römer
Costume design: Maylin Habig
Assistant director: Ivana Mitric
Camera: Teresa Hoerl
Cut: Kai Minierski  
Players: Sarah Gailer, Johanna Miller, Sam Michelson, Oliver Konietzny, Anna Rausch, Magdalena Wabitsch, Andreas Jahncke, Florian Mania, Bettina Földesi, Philipp Scholtysik, Nicolai Gonther 
Barrier-free subtitles: Anna Pristouschek
English subtitles: Heather Kimber


The production was created in cooperation with studioNAXOS. The theater project was made possible by the Kulturamt Frankfurt am Main, the Ministry of Arts and Science of the State of Hesse, the Kulturfonds RheinMain, the Bundeszentrale für politische Stiftung, the TuWas-Stiftung für Gemeinsinn and Stiftung Frauen in Europa, the Holger Koppe Stiftung, the Zürcher Hochschule der Künste, the Naspa Stiftung, the FAZIT Stiftung and flausen – young artists in residence.



ELEGANZ AUS REFLEX is made up of the artists Carolin Millner (direction), Maylin Habig (costume design), Fee Römer (sociology), Theresa Selter (dramaturgy) and Nils Wildegans (stage design). ELEGANZ AUS REFLEX stands for a form of spoken word theater that works in close connection with performance and installation art and which deals with historical-political complexes of topics in the pieces it develops. As a differentiation from a journalistic approach, it works associatively, makes subtle connections to the here and now and develops worlds that oscillate between looking into the past and looking into a utopian-dystopian future. They firmly believe that subversive criticism of the present is impossible without looking at the past.

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