Fundus Theater | Theatre of Research

Auf Zucker


For children and families

Can you dance sugar? What do we experience on a sugar high and why do we want more of the stuff? Together with the audience, four performers playfully investigate such questions and finally touch on serious issues such as colonialism and slavery. The history of sugar is far from sweet but rather bitter. This does not diminish the fun of this theatrical research experience but gives the candy floss a somewhat reflective aftertaste.

The splendid Fundus Theater from Hamburg call their work «theatre of research» or «scenic laboratory». This sounds rather serious. But with their latest production «Auf Zucker», the company demonstrates once again how effortlessly art can be combined with science to create an inspiring performance. At the Theater Spektakel 2020, Fun- dus created a fantastic laboratory for the future on the Saffainsel. This year, children and adults are invited to a «self-experiment with seven sweets».

In order for the pending experiments to be successful, the audience is urged not to eat anything sweet before the show. Right at the entrance to the venue, the spectators receive the first sample of the stuff sweet dreams are made of – a pretty little green leaf of the stevia plant. Further titbits, such as jelly babies, marshmallows and liquorice, are applied in order to experience the effect of sugar on the body. (kdi)

Artistic direction and cast

Entwicklung, Bühnenbild, VideoHanno Krieg
Konzept, RegieSibylle Peters
PerformanceBakary Trawally, Moritz Frischkorn, Alexander Nham, Sibylle Peters
ChoreografieMoritz Frischkorn
MusikBakary Trawally, Tanja Gwiasda
LichtFrank Helmrich
Mitforschende KinderJim Ismael Anton, Btissam Ida Akka, Miro Paschmann
FotoZTS/Kira Barlach


ZusammenarbeitAfrican Terminal Hamburg
KoproduktionZürcher Theater Spektakel
UnterstützungBundeszentrale für politische Bildung, Alfred Toepfer Stiftung F.V.S.


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Children’s play, sweet and clever research



1:10 hrs.




4 years plus

An inclusive event

accessible with wheelchair

Safety Concept

For this event, there is an obligation to wear masks. There is no COVID certificate needed. See here for more information about your visit to the Theater Spektakel


The performances at the Zürcher Theater Spektakel are supported by the Clariant Foundation



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