October 2021


The Life and Death of Monika Ertl in 3 Solos


24 & 25 May 2022 at 8pm
Performing Arts Festival Berlin
Ballhaus Ost

Premiere October 28, 2021


Is it just to murder a tyrant? Is there a justifiable militant resistance? An ethical terrorism? Costa Compagnie follows the path of Monika Ertl with cautious skepticism and questionable admiration. The daughter of Leni Riefenstahl’s cinematographer joined the Bolivian Liberation Army at the end of the 1960s and executed the officer who had Che Guevara and his successor killed. Can anti-fascism go that far? The team filmed in the Bavarian Alps, in Paris and Lyon, in La Paz and the Andes and spoke with famous Nazi hunters Serge and Beate Klarsfeld, as well as survivors of torture under Bolivia’s military dictatorship. Political convictions, justice, vengeance and the quest for power – actress Karin Enzler (Switzerland), punk musician Stéphanie Morin (France) and choreographer Maque Pereyra (Bolivia) fight their way through history to the present in three cinematic-performative solos.

In German, French and Spanish with English surtitles

Tickets and Info about Ballhaus Ost Berlin here

Concept, Research, Director, Stage Design Felix Meyer-Christian Costume, Objects, Co-Creation Stage Design Zoë Sebanyiga Music Olivier Bernet Video-Editor Thomas Oswald Videomapping Erik Kundt  Dramaturgy Marianne Seidler Outside Eye Christina Flick Production Assistant Caitriona Corbett

Solo 1 – Mockel (Germany)
Performance, biographical text
Karin Enzler Research, Video-Performance Anna Rot  Camera Miguel Murrieta Vásquez Video-Editor Thomas Oswald Text based on „How to Kill Somebody“ by Felix Meyer-Christian

Solo 2 – Beate/Monika (France)
Research, Text, Video-Editor , Voice-Over, Performance, Live-Music Stéphanie Morin Camera Thomas Oswald

Solo 3 – Imilla (Bolivia)
Research, Text, Video-Editor, Performance Maque Pereyra Camera Alejandro Pereyra Doria Medina

With great thanks to all interview partners in France and Bolivia!

A production of the Costa Compagnie in cooperation with Ballhaus Ost. Funded by Fonds Darstellende Künste with funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media within the framework of NEUSTART KULTUR and the District Office Pankow of Berlin, Office for Further Education and Culture – Department of Art and Culture.