we reflect the present reality through stories written hundreds and thousands
of years ago, and yet neglect to talk about the future through theater? Could
we not predict and prepare for the future through theater? If whatever we
vaguely dream of the future unfolds before our eyes, would it be closer to a
utopia or a dystopia?
Germany’s most prestigious theater company with a history of 135 years,
Deutsches Theater Berlin and Humboldt Forum created the piece Let Them Eat
Money. Which Future?! through a two-year research process. The work
predicts the European society in 2028, ten years from now. A well-renowned
German film and theater director and the awardee of Berlin International Film
Festival and European Film Awards, Andres Veiel wrote and directed this piece
through a ‘participatory production process’ involving research and debates
with scholars and experts from various fields like economy, sociology, and
environmentology, as well as ordinary citizens.
work takes the form of back-tracking the past, starting from the point of 2028.
A collapse of the Eurozone after Italy’s withdrawal from the EU, major surge of
refugees resulting from a catastrophic drought in Iran, labor replaced by
robots, data control and surveillance through biochips implanted in the human
brain, and a crisis of democracy. Where did all of these problems begin? Is it
the aftermath of incompetent politicians and greedy capitalists deceiving the
nation and its citizens? Or is it merely the arrival of a foregone conclusion
that we could all easily predict, yet chose to sit on our hands and hope that
it would not become a reality?
Them Eat Money. Which Future?!
calls them, as well as us, into account for the outcome and the responsibility
of the failure nobody had wished for. No measures will enable us to predict the
future accurately. However, the director claims that this project aims to spark
a debate on our potential future, to clash different sets of values, and thus
find an exit from the current deadlock. If nobody is willing to make an effort
and take a step, we will repeat the history like ‘collision test dummies’ that
ram into the wall every time in full speed. Come and join the process of
predicting and preparing for our coming future through this intriguing piece of