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How do you want to live?

At the beginning of 1789, during a time of pressing social and economic crises, Cahiers de Doléances were distributed among the French population on the orders of Louis XVI. The latter used the complaint booklets to address proposals for future coexistence to the Estates-General and the king. Both had the power, but not the will, to bring about the desired changes. The consequence was the storming of the Bastille on July 14, 1789.

The restrictions on everyday life caused by Corona will probably soon be behind us. What will then come to the fore again are the problems of Western democracies that have not been overcome: economic crises, migration movements, disintegrating social ties, the crisis of representation, steep power and wealth imbalances, global system competition, digitalization getting out of hand, climate change, and so on.

Theater an der Ruhr invites you to a journey into your possible future.


Based on the Cahiers de Doléances, we would like to ask you which political, social, economic and ecological conditions you would change if you had the power. Or put in more visionary terms: How do you want to live? There are no limits to your imagination.

Based on your ideas of a successful coexistence, a project consisting of two formats will be created in the coming season:

How do you want to live? - Discussion forum

Wie willst du leben?

A project by Simone Thoma and Markus Schlappig

How do you want to live? - Play

On the basis of the encounters at the forums and the contents negotiated there, a theater production is to be created that gives these, artistically translated, sensual force.

To enter into conversation with you, we ask you to tell us: How do you want to live?
Please use the following options to get in touch with us, in the form of short notes, gladly also in the form of your own or other people's prose, poetry, scientific texts, or with pictures, photos, films, etc:

  • by e-mail
    wie.willst.du.leben@theater-an-der-ruhr.de
  • by phone
    0157/51058284
  • Postal
    How do you want to live? 
    Theater an der Ruhr, Akazienallee 61, 45478 Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany
  • Direct mail
    In our "How do you want to live?" mailbox
    Starting in September at events from one hour before the start of the event in the foyer of the Theater an der Ruhr.     

If you give us your email address, we can keep you informed about the status of the project and make the selection of topics for the "How do you want to live?" forums transparent.

Rest assured, your input will be anonymized and your contact information will be handled in accordance with data protection.