Berlin, Tempelhofer Feld | Perpetuum

Perpetuum mobile is for dreamer.

But haven’t we all long since fallen into “perpetual thinking”? The wheel turns higher, faster and further – more money, more sex, more power.

300 years ago – on the eve of industrialisation – a remarkable experiment took place in the castle of the Landgrave of Hesse:  The inventor Johann Bessler had built an “eternal wheel” under scientific supervision in a chamber of the castle. Once it was kicked off, it ran for more than six weeks in a row without having to be turned on again.

At six venues, old and new stories from the Peretuum mobiles are interwoven. The futurist Paul Scheerbart visions his “world of Perpeh” by means of a crazy projection apparatus on the walls. A lecture performance that combines a virtuoso play of light and shadow and conjures up the madness of a machine spinning ever faster. In an impressive experiment, visitors can admire the so-called “butterfly effect”. Ten books of different sizes are placed one behind the other. And when at the end a tiny book about a chain reaction knocks over an almost 2m-large book, the madness can be felt. In front of a large cross, “Frau Mehr” ponders a world without God. She celebrates the multi-machine “Perpetuum mobile”. Printers are constantly multiplying share certificates of this new invention, which poses the core question: Don’t we all want a little more?

The profound and picture-rich round dance shows poetic views from the fields of religion, art, science, future vision and history.

The production Perpetuum Mobile is the adaptation of a commissioned work that was created in 2018 for the city of Bad Karlshafen.


Theatre ANU

The award-winning berlin compagnie has been enchanting audiences throughout Europe for over ten years with its poetic dream worlds. They have been guests at the Tempelhofer Feld for six years.
Their unique combination of installation and acting makes the productions multi-layered and sensual spaces of experience. The border between spectator and stage is dissolved.






VVK: 24 € / reduced 14 €
Tickets: 28 € / reduced: 18 €

Reduced admission for pupils, students, unemployed persons and people with disabilities (for severely disabled persons with the mark “B” the accompanying person receives free admission). Please have the appropriate ID ready at the entrance control.

Recommended for children from 10 years.

Evening box office
The Box office opens 1 hour before the start of the event (ab 20.30 Uhr), Eingang Columbiadamm.

Tempelhofer Feld
Entry Columbiadamm (only!)
10965 Berlin

U 8 | U-Bhf Leinestraße oder Boddinstraße
(ca. 15-20 Min. zu den Eingängen am Columbiadamm)

BUS 104 | Haltestellen Friedhöfe Columbiadamm oder
Golßener Straße
(ca. 1 – 3 Min. zu den Eingängen am Columbiadamm)

with car
A 100,  departure Tempelhofer Damm
Tempelhofer Damm and Columbiadamm

PERPETUUM is also used in mild to moderate rain held (except storm warning, storm, etc.). We recommend sturdy footwear and rainwear. Please refrain from umbrellas. There are not always paved paths trodden. The staging is so unfortunately only conditionally accessible experience. If the event has to be canceled due to weather before reaching one hour of playing time, the ticket entitles entry to anotherday ofPERPETUUM.