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Grüner Salon: Premiere of Health & Safety on 8 February

Tobias Spichtig as Karl Friedrich Schinkel © Calla Henkel & Max Pitegoff

You are cordially invited to the premiere of Health & Safety on 8 February at 9 pm. It’s the second in a four-play series about the rise and fall of a city by Calla Henkel and Max Pitegoff, who are organising this season’s programme for the Grüner Salon in the Volksbühne Berlin with their productions, concerts, performances and bar evenings.

Loosely shadowing Molière’s The Misanthrope, Health & Safety is about architecture and heartbreak, destruction and disease. Bored by the monotony of contemporary Berlin, the ghost of Karl Friedrich Schinkel staggers drunk from construction site to bar, unable to lift a brick. The music is delivered by Sir Henry, long-term member of the Volksbühne ensemble, and Jochen Arbeit, member of Einstürzenden Neubauten and Automat, among others.

Calla Henkel and Max Pitegoff are Berlin-based artists who work between a variety of media including theater, performance, photography and writing. Their work investigates the types of rules and systems that build shared spaces, while playing with the significance of the imperfect, fleeting, temporary. Over the last five years they have run several spaces in Berlin, including New Theater (2013-2015), a storefront in Kreuzberg where they wrote and produced plays with large groups of artists, writers and musicians.

Health & Safety
by Calla Henkel & Max Pitegoff
With: Jochen Arbeit, Leon Kahane, Lily McMenamy, Sir Henry, Mia von Matt and Tobias Spichtig
Composition: Jochen Arbeit und Sir Henry
Costumes: Nhu Duong
Choreography: Tarren Johnson
World Premiere: Thursday, 8 February 2018, 9 pm
Further performances: 9-10; 22-24 February and 1-3 March, 9 pm

More information about the play, a trailer and information about the current programme in the Grüner Salon can be found at Please contact the press office at or by telephone on +49 (0)30 24065 610 with press ticket requests.

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