A piece of the series ›Life is no picnic – The 7 deadly sins‹

Photos: Daniela Wolf & Fulbert Hauk


»The oracle Superbia exculpates you from your sins. Superbians are happier people!«

In this orchestral ideological union, which cultivates its high culture through power demonstration and haughtiness, the arrogance of mankind is reflected. Superbias system shows the basic manipulative mechanisms of ideological systems. The power of persuasion that is necessary to prevail ideas and move masses is always a question of attitude. How much haughtiness does one have to show, so that people will follow? This is not about content, it is about control.


Premiere: 28. September 2011 // Wagenhallen, Stuttgart

Guest performances:
15. & 16. December 2017 // EinTanzHaus, Mannheim
8., 9. & 10. May 2019 // Theater Rampe, Stuttgart


Nominated for the Dance and Theater Award of Baden-Württemberg 2013



Performance and creation: Tonatiuh Diaz/Steven Chotard, Lisa Freudenthal, Isabelle v. Gatterburg, Britta Gemmer, Majon van der Schot/Chloé Beillevaire, Robert Skatulla/Andy Zondag

Musicians: Matthew Bookert, Steffen Dix, Heiko Giering, Henry Kasper, Thorge Pries, Florian Seeger, Boris Stankewitz, Debora Vilchez

Artistic director: Nicki Liszta
Executive director and artistic assistant: Isabelle Gatterburg
Szenography, lighting and guestplay support: Kaspar Wimberley
Music director and composition: Heiko Giering
Stage and costumes: Mari-Liis Tigasson, Thomas Unthan
Graphic design: Simone Knapek

Duration of the piece: ca. 70 minutes



»Also at this evening you’ll have it very quickly, the Nicki Liszta feeling. At the latest when a dancer is sitting on the stage and her head is shorn, you feel the pressure of suffering and wonder whether one can endure what follows. … Being part of it or to get excluded? Liszta makes the choice difficult for her audience. A worth watching evening, perfectly matching to the location Wagenhallen.« Andrea Kachelriess, Stuttgarter Nachrichten, 30. September 2011

»then things pick up speed, increase to the enthralling high-energy dance drama, which alternates between movement abstraction and acting parts. … Finally, the ensemble crouches on all fours in front of the stage panting, awaiting the stars’ salutations in surrender. This is a bizarre-funny as well as oppressive picture, because this dance theater comes very close to you.« Claudia Gassner, Stuttgarter Zeitung, 30. September 2011

»The desire to escape and the accompanying struggle – both internally and physically – is breathtakingly staged. The dance is authentic and raw, the story rousing. With a lot of balance work, body contact parts and a constant change of action choreographer Nicki Liszta creates an adrenalin level of the highest level. Particularly important for the understanding of the story is the music, which is played live and orchestral and even with closed eyes paints a picture of the action for the audience.« Joana Rettig, Mannheimer Morgen, 19. December 2017


Funded through the City of Stuttgart, the Landesverband freier Theater Baden-Württemberg e.V. aus Mitteln des Ministeriums für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Kunst and the Landesbank Baden-Württemberg. Kindly supported by the Produktionszentrum Tanz und Performance Stuttgart.


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