Simone Aughterlony & Julia Häusermann

No Gambling

Part of “NO LIMITS Festival Berlin”


German phonetic language /  English phonetic language /  approx. 60 min.

A person crawls on all fours on the floor. She wears a poncho made of long curly wool. A flight object, a ladder and a net filled with billiard balls hang from the ceiling around them.
The stage design is a construction of a ladder and lamps. Inside is a person looking through binoculars. Behind her hangs a lighted sign that reads "No Exit"

Living means taking a certain amount of risk. The act of gambling or instant decision making brings us in intimate relation with time. It opens us to uncertain futures as well as shifts our constructions of the past. In “No Gambling”, objects from gambling culture such as dice, playing cards and billiard balls serve as all-connecting objects. “No Gambling” plays with repetition and morality, with notions of addiction and desire. On stage, Frank appears as a hybrid being, Nele as a human-sized dice and Simone as a joker – each in their own distinct way, making unreal appearances and disappearances as they perform every-day magic with the collection of things within reach. 

A mobile structure hangs in the space like a strange constellation of cosmic junk. The work on the mobile becomes creative destruction, the connected objects come out of balance, and everything threatens to collapse. The figures react to the eternal beat that puts them into a trance-like dance, making everything spin like a roulette table or even the planets. The question remains: What is at stake? When the ice melts, when the sand is redistributed, when the whole melon is eaten, what are we still playing with?


Direction: Simone Aughterlony , Julia Häusermann / With: Simone Aughterlony , Julia Häusermann, Nele Jahnke / Theatre pedagogy: Anna Fierz / Music: Gérald Kurdian / Stage: Thibault Vancraenenbroeck / Light design: Joseph Wegmann / Costume: Nathalie Pallandre / Dramaturgy: Jorge León / Technical direction: Marie Prédour / Stage management: Jan Olieslagers / Light: Marek Lamprecht / Sound: Nicolas Houssan / Production management: Omar Hallawi / Management: Marc Streit / Administration: Karin Erdmann


  • Past
    Wed 9.11.2022, 19:00 / HAU2
    Thu 10.11.2022, 19:00 / HAU2

Relaxed Performance
Visit information: darkened audience space, direct addressing of the audience, fast light changes, fog on stage

9.11.: Haptic Access Tour (18:30) and German audio description (19:00), please register until 8.11. via

10.11.: With translation into German Sign Language

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Combi Ticket: 3 events for 30,00 €, reduced 20,00 € (free choice 9.–19.11., only for events at HAU Hebbel am Ufer)


Production: Imbricated Real.
Co-production: HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Festival Theaterformen (Hannover), Theaterhaus Gessnerallee (Zürich), Tanzhaus Zürich, Arsenic Centre d’art scénique contemporain (Lausanne).
Funded by: Kultur Stadt Zürich, Fachstelle Kultur Kanton Zürich, Pro Helvetia – Schweizer Kulturstiftung, Ernst Görner Stiftung, Landis & Gyr Stiftung, Stiftung Anne-Marie Schindler, Schweizerische Interpretenstiftung, Georges und Jenny Bloch Stiftung, Migros Kulturprozent Zürich, NATIONALES PERFORMANCE NETZ Coproduction Fund for Dance, which is funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media.


Hallesches Ufer 34, 10963 Berlin

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