Christine Umpfenbach (Munich)

entrance € 18,00 | reduced € 9,00

Urban Space

01.11. 15:00 – 16:40

02.11. 15:00 – 16:40

04.11. 15:00 – 16:40

05.11. 15:00 – 16:40

06.11. 15:00 – 17:30

In German

At the end of one’s life one wonders what one has been living for. One knows that life won’t be long. But the finite, the limited is also the element that gives us freedom. The theatre project WHAT KEEPS US ALIVE? from director Christine Umpfenbach is about six people over 70 who do what give them strength and keeps them alive without fear and compromises, because there is no time to have doubts or to restrict oneself worrying what others might think about you. Their stories also focus on marginalised aspects of German history. Together with younger performers they reproduce moments of the past and develop space for life not lived but missed out on. With this overlap of documentary and fictious moments, things undone become reality. In WHAT KEEPS US ALIVE? places in the urban space, which are and were important for the older performers, become a stage.

  • WHAT KEEPS US ALIVE? will take place at several locations around the city. Please bring a bicycle. Bringing a bike is a requirement to participate in the event!
  • The public can choose between three tours: TOUR A, B or C
  • We will ride even if it rains - please make sure to wear weatherproof clothing
  • Venues are both indoor and outdoor - we recommend warm clothes
  • Please arrive in time to the respective meeting point, at best 15 minutes before the start of the event

Meeting Points of the Tours:

Disclaimer: The customer participates in the event at his or her own risk.


Monday, 1.11.21 3 p.m.:

Tour A: MusikAkademie Schwabing,Arcisstr. 45a, 80799 München

Tour B: Deutsches Theatermuseum, Galeriestr. 4a, 80539 München

Tour C: LKW am Marstallplatz, 80539 München


Tuesday, 2.11.21 3 p.m.:

Tour A: Lost Weekend, Schellingstr. 3, 80799 München

Tour B: LKW am Marstallplatz, 80539 München

Tour C: Neues Rathaus Pforte, Marienplatz 8, 80331 München


Thursday, 4.11.21 3 p.m.:

Tour A: Lost Weekend, Schellingstr. 3, 80799 München

Tour B: Deutsches Theatermuseum, Galeriestr. 4a, 80539 München

Tour C: MusikAkademie Schwabing, Arcisstr. 45a, 80799 München


Friday, 5.11.21 3 p.m.:

Tour A: MusikAkademie Schwabing, Arcisstr. 45a, 80799 München

​Tour B: LKW am Marstallplatz, 80539 München

Tour C: Deutsches Theatermuseum, Galeriestr. 4a, 80539 München


Saturday, 6.11.21 3 p.m.:

Tour A: Lost Weekend, Schellingstr. 3, 80799 München

Tour B: Neues Rathaus Pforte, Marienplatz 8, 80331 München

Tour C: Haus der Kunst, Prinzregentenstr. 1, 80538 München, parking lot behind the Haus der Kunst

Urban Space Project  

Read more:

Direction | Concept Christine Umpfenbach Text Denijen Pauljević With Oscar Bloch, Mel Canady, Werner Dietrich, Isabell Höckel, Joshua Kliefert, Jochanah Mahnke, Denijen Pauljević, Jenny Rombai, Nils Thalmann, Monika Umpfenbach, Orazio Vallone, Walter Weiterschan Scenography Franziska Boos Video Suli Kurban Choreography Andrea Fun Assistant Director Clara Tolle Costume Mona Kuschel Decoration Franziska Boos Video Anton Kaun Choreography Andrea Funk Technics Josy Friebel Film documentation Patrik Thomas Photography Andrea Huber


Christine Umpfenbach is living in Munich and working as a directress and author. She studied Stage and Costume Design at the Kunsthochschule Berlin Weißensee and Directing at the Goldsmiths College London. She managed the homeless theatre RATTEN 07 at Volksbühne Berlin. Since 2003, she has been working as a free-lance director in various cities, such as Munich, Freiburg, Riga, Tel Aviv, and Taipei. Her documentary theatre projects deal with socio-political topics. They are often about migration and belonging. Each project is developed through intensive research. Often, the performers are not professional actors but people who take centre stage of the projects due to their life experience. In her plays, the city becomes the stage. The theatre project GLEIS 11 took place in an air raid shelter directly underneath the Munich main railway station. URTEILE, which premiered in the Residenztheater Munich in 2014, was the first play in the German-speaking area which is told from the perspective of the victims of Nationalsozialistischer Untergrund (NSU). In 2014, she received the Theatre Promotion Award of the Bavarian state capital Munich. Her last play 9/26 – DAS OKTOBERFESTATTENTAT was nominated for the Mülheimer Dramatikerpreis 2021.


Denijen Pauljević, born in Belgrade, fled to Germany during the wars in Yugoslavia. He studied Intercultural Communication, took part in the Drehbuchwerkstatt (scriptwriting academy) at the HFF in Munich and worked at different literature, scriptwriting, and theatre projects. In 2014 he received the Authors‘ Funding Raniser Debüt, and in 2015 he received the literature scholarship of the City of Munich. Denijen Pauljević has been teaching scenic writing at LMU Munich since 2021.


Mona Kuschel is a costume and set designer. She runs the studio 'couture real' in Berlin for large format large format textiles. She has been working together with Christine Umpfenbach for 20 years - they met at the Volksbühne Berlin for RATTEN 07.


Franziska Boos, born 1986 in Bad Aibling, works as a stage and costume designer and as an illustrator. She studied at the Academy of Fine Arts Munich, diploma 2014 with Prof. Katrin Brack. In 2015 she founded the theater group [n]everland productions. Various productions in Germany and Russia. Since 2016, various outfits at the Junges Theater Augsburg. 2021 Costume at TAK Theater Liechtenstein.


Anton Kaun is a video and noise artist. He is part of the Rohtheaterkollektiv and works as a sound and video artist for theater productions of the independent scene as well as at city and state theaters. He has been producing for over 20 years under his pseudonym Rumpeln, he has been producing audio-visual live performances, publications and installative works. As a visual artist he has a longstanding collaboration with musicians (like The Notwist). For several bands he produces music videos.

Andrea Funk studied Theatre Arts in Erlangen and Cologne. She was trained and educated in Modern Dance by Jutta Czurda, and then maintained a continuing choreographic cooperation with Czurda Tanztheater, Fürth over many years. She is the author of radio plays and scripts and received the Bavarian Funding for scriptwriting twice. After 2000, she developed and produced theatre plays with young people. She is the founder and organiser of the Fassbindertage.


Clara Hanae Tolle works at the intersection of social, intercultural and artistic work. She studied Education and Ethnology (BA) at the LMU Munich, and World Theatres (MA) at Goldsmiths University of London.


Production Elsa Büsing | Rat & Tat Cooperation partner Hoch X | Otto Falckenberg Schule Supported by the Cultural Department of the City of Munich With the kind support of Deutsches Theatermuseum Haus der Kunst ASZ Untergiesing