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bye, bye, bye

copy & waste

A death in the environment of the production, then another accident! The new theater evening of copy & waste unfortunately does not take place – although everything was already set up. What a pity! By now we have become accustomed to such things. In the disappointment, however, something does stir: a person appears, a zoom altar is erected, survivors tell of dying: of the earthquake in Chili, the execution in Semyonovsky Square, a trip on the Styx. Death takes us on its shoulders and on a journey through its vast history – which is also ours. Then we return to the place of the accident: Butzbach on July 18, 1801.

copy & waste places itself at the side of the dying and assembles their feverish narratives, great songs and otherworldly images into a many-voiced monologue for one actor. Hannes Schumacher plays and speaks Dostoyevsky and Kleist, Milow and Weil, Hölderlin and Schulze-Erdel and slips into the costumes of great paintings and film scenes. The intersection of fictional and documentary forms leads to an aesthetic of excess, which at the same time sees itself as theatrical field research in the archive of mortality.


The theater and performance collective copy & waste has been realizing plays since 2007. After works about the collapse of cities, the end of work and cancellation of nature, it dedicates its current series »Theater of Death« to dying. »bye, bye, bye« is the second part of this series after the theaterfilm »Besides, it’s always been the others who died«.

Content Note

The play takes dying as its theme. People may find the evening frightening, ironic or distasteful. Other people may find it uplifting, comforting or simply sad. We show many pictures and speak many texts that you might have heard or seen somewhere before. Among other things, we address suicide, disease, cancer, executions, traffic accidents, natural disasters (earthquakes), the corona pandemic, the so-called cancel culture, and the tininess of man in the face of the universe.


Following the performance on 4.3. the third part of »Die Suche nach der Ur-Oper« by Das Helmi will take place at the bar.


  • Mar 02, 2023
Past Dates
  • Mar 02, 2023
  • Mar 03, 2023
  • Mar 04, 2023


15 | 10 Euros
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90 minutes




Hannes Schumacher

Artistic direction, video

Roman Hagenbrock

Artistic direction, text

Steffen Klewar

Text, dramaturgy

Sebastian Köthe


Hsuan Huang, Hsiangfu Chen


Elena Gaus


Hjørdis Supplieth


Lenard Gimpel


Anna Motzel

Production management

Kasia Noga

Technical direction

Bastian Späth


ehrliche Arbeit – freies Kulturbüro

Press work

Sarah Rosenau

A production by copy & waste in cooperation with Ballhaus Ost. Supported by Fonds Darstellende Künste with funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media as part of NEUSTART KULTUR.