8.–18.6.2023 in Düsseldorf, Cologne and Mülheim an der Ruhr

Henrike Iglesias

Inspired by the Death Positive movement and based on their own experiences, the collective Henrike Iglesias has created a show about mortality and grief from a consciously young perspective. With two performers and the audience’s telephones in the leading roles.

13.06., 19:00–20:20 Schedule

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13.06., 21:00–22:20 Schedule

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14.06., 19:00–20:20 Schedule

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14.06., 21:00–22:20 Schedule

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FFT Düsseldorf
Language: German and English with German and English surtitles

13.6. after the show: Exchange of experiences with Alice Ferl, Impulse Theater Festival

© Dorothea Tuch
© Dorothea Tuch
© Dorothea Tuch

“Why do all good things have to come to an end?” This refrain accompanies the audience through 80 minutes full of gentle confrontation. Sitting in the front row next to the stage, the spectators are right up close when the actors are called for by their playing partners in the role of Death: “It’s time.” Already? The audience’s phones play a key role in this confrontation with mortality. Questions appear on the screen: “Would you be ok with someone reading all your messages after your death?” Type in the answer! Who knows us best? Our family? Our friends? Our phone? And who will join us in the family grave if family no longer has anything to do with biological kinship?

‘FLAMES TO DUST’ plays out both on stage and through introspection. Those present are alone with themselves and their phones – and yet they are well taken care of in this setting, which is warm and nimble for all the weight of its subject. We are all going to die. And that gives us all something in common.

“A very accomplished performance: skilfully directed, gentle, calm, very serene and precisely because of this very touching and moving.”
Frank Schmid, RBB-Kultur, 17.11.2022


Concept, Text, Performance: Henrike Iglesias (Anna Fries, Eva G. Alonso, Malu Peeters, Marielle Schavan, Sophia Schroth)
Coding, Creative Technology: bleeptrack
Costumes: Mascha Mihoa Bischoff
Assistant Director, voice performance: María Giacaman
Costume Assistant: Marie Göhler
Ceramics: Lauriane Daphne Carl
Outside Eye: Olivia Hyunsin Kim
Production Management Germany: ehrliche arbeit – freies Kulturbüro
Production Management Switzerland: Maxine Devaud, oh la la – performing arts production
Translation: Naomi Boyce


A Henrike Iglesias production in co-production with Sophiensæle, Berlin, FFT Düsseldorf, brut Wien and ROXY Birsfelden. Funded by the Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe, the Fonds Darstellende Künste with funding from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media as part of NEUSTART KULTUR, the expert panel on dance and theatre for the Cantons of Basel-Stadt and Basel-Landschaft and the Schweizerische Interpretenstiftung SIS.


Henrike Iglesias understand pop cultural and mass media phenomena as mirrors of society’s conditions and misunderstandings, and they love to investigate these from queer and feminist perspectives. They create experimental performances and are based in Berlin and Basel. Their regular crew consists of Anna Fries, Eva G. Alonso, Malu Peeters, Marielle Schavan and Sophia Schroth. Most of their performances have their home at the Sophiensæle – and they have also received festival invitations from imagetanz Wien, the Heidelberger Stückemarkt, the FIBA Festival in Buenos Aires, the Theatertreffen’s digital showcase and Politik im Freien Theater.