When You're Smiling

World Première: 24th of April 2016

A man by unknown identity goes for a walk on a meadow and carries two pairs of shoes. By moving them through space he begins to create situations in which the shoes are set in various relations to each other. Slowly the man finds himself in a composition of images, becoming part of a story that remains to shift between reality and fantasy and makes him reveal an archive of personal memories and dreams.

When You're Smiling was created as a dance-theatre work, directed by Jan Möllmer and performed by Uwe Brauns. After showing the creation on stages as well as in site-specific spaces Brauns and Möllmer decided to bring it into a visual context enriched through elements of cinematography.

When You're Smiling was released as a first film version in the beginning of 2017 and is in a work in progress for a further film creation and development.


Live Version

Direction & Choreography: Jan Möllmer

Performed by: Uwe Brauns

Sound arrangements: Jan Möllmer

Music: Louis Armstrong

Production: Peculiar Man

Film Version

A Film by: Uwe Brauns & Jan Möllmer

Direction: Uwe Brauns & Jan Möllmer

Choreography: Jan Möllmer

Camera & Video Editing: Jan Möllmer

Music: Louis Armstrong, Nature Sounds

Production: Peculiar Man

Tour Dates


  • 9th of September 2017, TalTonTheater, Wuppertal, Germany
  • 2nd of September 2017, Café Ada, Wuppertal, Germany
  • 25th of March 2017, Swallowsfeet Festival, Brighton, Germany


  • 27th of November 2016, Refugee Camp Overhammshof, Essen, Germany
  • 25th of October 2016, Pina Bausch Theater, Essen, Germany
  • 11th of September 2016, Teatro Pubblico Pugliese, Lecce, Italy
  • 24th of April 2016, Zeche 1, Bochum, Germany
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