How do we imagine the future for coming generations? Which emotions do these ideas trigger? What are we fighting for? And what hopes have we abandoned? Based on interviews with parents and people who have decided against parenthood in the face of the climate crisis, Antje Velsinger / new trouble put these questions on stage with THEIR FUTURE.


Three dancers and one singer move through changing climatic conditions. Amidst an acoustic weatherscape, they look for ways of coping with anger, anxiety, panic, and helplessness. They negotiate the distribution of resources and responsibilities. They try to keep everyday life running, torn between hope, pragmatism, and self-accusation. This is how we survive becomes their recurring mantra. The children are absent. Time and again, we catch a glimpse of their habitation, as if through a window – a climate capsule? Where are they, and what do they do there? Is there anybody caring for them? Do they wonder: Why did you not fight harder for us?

The piece constitutes the first instalment of FUTURE RELATIONS, and interdisciplinary choreographic long-term project searching for viable relations in times of an escalating climate crisis.Antje Velsinger’s / new troubles’ interdisciplinary dance productions are dedicated to current sociopolitical challenges. Their pieces are based on extensive research in which they seek encounters with protagonists from other fields. They design temporary escape strategies and fictitious refuge, testing out alternative means of tackling the challenges of our times.

Duration: 60 min.

Artistic direction: Antje Velsinger; Concept: Antje Velsinger, Heike Bröckerhoff, Julia Krause; Choreography: Antje Velsinger in collaboration with the dancers; Dance: Marie Klemm, Mihyun Ko, Sunday Israel Akpan; Vocals & Sound: Zola Mennenöh; Sound: Julia Krause; Stage, Costume: Signe Raunkjær Holm & Sofia Stål; Video Concept & Development: Antje Velsinger, Signe Raunkjær Holm & Sofia Stål; Video Direction: Signe Raunkjær Holm & Sofia Stål; dramaturgy: Heike Bröckerhoff; lighting: Dennis Nähr; production: Christina Gießmann; press & public relations: Hark Empen & Stückliesel; camera, DOP: Paul Sonntag; video set & costume: Sofia Stål, Signe Raunkjær, Oda Vad Nielsen; video 1st AD: Jules Mogensen; video 1st AC & focus puller: Phillip Hummel; gaffer: Tilman Bensiek; electrician: Aleksa Krieg; grip: Manuel Scholz.

A production by Antje Velsinger, co-produced by tanzhaus nrw Düsseldorf. Supported by
Freie und Hansestadt Hamburg – Behörde für Kultur und Medien, Ministerium für Kultur und Wissenschaft des Landes NRW, Fonds Darstellende Künste aus Mitteln der Beauftragten der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien, Hamburgische Kulturstiftung and Kunststiftung NRW. Supported by Lichthof Theater Hamburg, Theater am Depot Dortmund and tanzfaktur Köln.