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born to shine

© Uwe Heinrich

By: Sebastian Nübling, Ives Thuwis-De Leeuw & Ensemble
Staging: Sebastian Nübling & Ives Thuwis-De Leeuw

It seems beyond question that we are born to shine. The only remaining doubt appears to be: how will we shine? What do we choose? What chooses us? After all, our lives are flooded with a tsunami of influences on a daily basis. Both on- and offline. Sometimes the sheer quantity overwhelms us, sometimes it’s their force, and sometimes a sense of boredom flickers amid the overabundance. We know everything, but we can’t be well-informed about everything. We have to be selective, consolidate what we know, and above all: keep at it. Then we may just attain an overview. Then we will have the opportunity to really master something. And perhaps the copy of the copy will be a new original.

Director Sebastian Nübling, choreographer Ives Thuwis and 13 performers between the ages of 15 and 23 seek out their very own, personal passions and relate them to a world that seems far from universal.


With Tim Brügger, Jan Dagorov-Grobben, Diara Diop, Dilan Graf, Lou Haltinner, Anna Gerber, Alejandra Jenni, Elif Karci, Gin Krneta, Kaspar Maier, Jakob Müller, Jelïn Nichele, Fátima-Frida Salum Said, Dominik Schüepp
Sebastian Nübling / Ives Thuwis-De Leeuw
Dominic Huber
Ursula Leuenberger
Sound Design
Lukas Stäuble
Robin Nidecker
Light design
Claudio Bagno
Frank Bittermann
Uwe Heinrich
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Theater pedagogy
Manuela Runge, Andreas Wirz
Production Management
Uwe Heinrich
Assistant director
Pul Müller
Stage design assistance
Charlotte Martin
Assistance Choreography
David Speiser
Claudio Bagno, Pina Schläpfer
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A coproduction by junges theater basel with Kaserne Basel, Schauspielhaus Zürich and HELLERAU, dem Europäischen Zentrum der Künste in Dresden

Supported by Komplizen Klub of the Schauspielhaus Zürich


  • 70min (no interval)
  • Zürich-Premiere: 8 November 2021
  • Also interesting for ages 14 and up
  • 🛈 Introduction 30 min before the play on 11.11., 17.11 and 25.11 (special introductions)