• © Thomas Oswald

  • © Thomas Oswald

  • © Thomas Oswald

How to Kill a Fascist - Life and death of Monika Ertl in three solos

Costa Compagnie

As part of Performing Arts Festival Berlin 2022

Is there a just tyrannicide? A justifiable militant resistance? An ethical terrorism? Costa Compagnie follows the path of Monika Ertl with cautious skepticism and questionable admiration. The daughter of Leni Riefenstahl’s cinematographer joined the Bolivian Liberation Army at the end of the 1960s and executed the officer who had Che Guevara and his successor killed. Can anti-fascism go that far? The team filmed in the Bavarian Alps, in Paris and Lyon, in La Paz and the Andes and spoke with famous Nazi hunters Serge and Beate Klarsfeld, as well as survivors of torture under Bolivia’s military dictatorship. Political convictions, justice, vengeance and the quest for power – actress Karin Enzler (Switzerland), punk musician Stéphanie Morin (France) and choreographer Maque Pereyra (Bolivia) fight their way through history to the present in three cinematic-performative solos.

The Costa Compagnie from Berlin creates intermedial works that combine documentary, performative and choreographic methods and are realized in immersive performances as well as in virtual reality and film. Their work focuses on global political conflicts and upheavals and looks at those people that are otherwise often underrepresented in art, media and politics. Therefore, the group has researched and filmed in Afghanistan, Israel, Iraq, the USA, Fukushima/Japan, Mozambique, South Sudan and Lebanon, among other places.


  • Oct 28, 2021
Past Dates
  • Oct 28, 2021
  • Oct 29, 2021
  • Oct 30, 2021
  • May 25, 2022
  • May 26, 2022


ca. 90 minutes


In German, French and Spanish with English surtitles

Concept, research, direction, stage design

Felix Meyer-Christian

Costumes, objects, artistic advice (stage design)

Zoë Sebanyiga


Olivier Bernet


Thomas Oswald


Erik Kundt


Marianne Seidler


Caitriona Corbett

Solo 1 – Mockel (Germany)

Performance, biographical texts Karin Enzler Research, Video performance Anna Rot Camera Miguel Murrieta Vásquez Videoediting Thomas Oswald Text based on the play »How to Kill Somebody« by Felix Meyer-Christian

Solo 2 – Beate/Monika (France)

Research, text, videoediting, voice over, performance, live music Stéphanie Morin Camera Thomas Oswald

Solo 3 – Imilla (Bolivia)

Research, text, videoediting, performance Maque Pereyra Camera Alejandro Pereyra Doria Medina

A big thanks to all interviewees in France and Bolivia!


A production of the Costa Compagnie in cooperation with Ballhaus Ost. Funded by Fonds Darstellende Künste with funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media within the framework of NEUSTART KULTUR and the District Office Pankow of Berlin, Office for Further Education and Culture – Department of Art and Culture.