• © Sascha Grom, Ira Gyrdymova

  • © Sascha Grom, Ira Gyrdymova

  • © Sascha Grom, Ira Gyrdymova

  • © Sascha Grom, Ira Gyrdymova

  • © Sascha Grom, Ira Gyrdymova

Best Funeral Ever (my russian funeral)

Natasha Borenko & co

We die alone. We bury together. A participatory performance that explores the political and theatrical nature of the funeral ritual and deconstructs its settled mechanism. A ritual for which it is impossible to be fully prepared, but during this rehearsal any last wish can be fulfilled.

The audience is invited to join the scripted burial ceremony, turn on their common memory of the ritual and bring in their differences of cultures and societies. To rehearse, to deconstruct, to discuss they will have the conflicted russian body of the performer whose last wish is to do no more harm and become peaceful compost.


Natasha Borenko – a Siberian-born fluid theater maker, queer feminist migrant artist, who sees participatory art as a tool to deconstruct the system and rehearse the change. She develops this piece in collaboration with cross-cultural interdisciplinary artists.


  • May 20, 2023
Past Dates
  • May 20, 2023
  • May 21, 2023


15 | 10 Euros
For online tickets, 10% presale fee and 2,- Euro service fee are charged in addition to the basic ticket price by the provider Reservix.


1,5 - 2 hours



Direction, text, performance

Natasha Borenko

Dramaturgy, text, performance

Lidiia Golovanova

Artistic collaboration

Lena Neuburger

Stage design

Ksenia Peretrukhina

Sound, music

Ray Schneider / Discount

Costume design

Martha Lange, Stephanie Zurstegge

Light design

Ann Slote

Artistic production management

Kim Walz

A production by Natasha Borenko in cooperation with Ballhaus Ost. Supported by Fonds Darstellende Künste with funds from the Federal
Government Commissioner for Culture and Media within the program NEUSTART KULTUR.

Thanks to Theaterhaus Schöneweide, K-Salon, Das Fährhaus, Bestattung Lichtblick, Hanna Schaich, Amelie Kahn-Ackermann, Dennis Depta and to all those who supported us as test audience in our process.