Marc Sinan is a composer and guitarist. In his work he tries out new ways of collaboration between artists in a transcultural, transmedial and music-theatrical context. He usually works in personal union as composer, artistic director, guitarist and producer with his own ensemble, the Marc Sinan Company, and with changing international guests and partners. Recordings of his works are published by ECM. He lives and works in Berlin. His socially critical, conceptual and full-length works are performed internationally and have been guests at important festivals. Sinan has collaborated with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Dresden Symphony Orchestra, the No Borders Orchestra, the Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart, Jörg Widmann and many others.
Konrad Kästner is an independent director and video artist. He comes from Leipzig, worked for several years as a researcher and assistant director for advertising films in South Africa and then studied filmmaking at the Konrad Wolf Academy of Film and Television in Potsdam Babelsberg. His film “Cathedrals” was awarded the Max Bresele Prize for politically relevant film and was shortlisted for the Academy Award 2015. He has directed video for numerous plays at the Theater Potsdam, the Kammerspiele of the Deutsches Theater Berlin, the Theater Bielefeld, Theater Kiel, Theater Lübeck and the Halle (Saale) Opera, among others. He wrote and directed the investigative research plays “DER AUFTRAG” and “Die Möglichkeit” and directed Faust 2 at Theater Bielefeld.
Tobias Rausch has been working as a director and author in the municipal theatre and in the independent scene since 2001. He is founder of the performance collective lunatiks, of which he was a member until 2015. His focus is on works in which the play text is based on research. He was awarded the Otto-Kasten-Prize of the Intendant Group in the German Stage Association 2012, the Bremen Writer and Producer Award 2007, the Humboldt Award 2001 and several scholarships. He regularly teaches at the Braunschweig University of Fine Arts, the Zurich University of the Arts and the Berlin University of the Arts. He is co-initiator of the conference “Climate meets Theatre” and the Berlin Research Theatre Days. Since the 2019/2020 season he has been director of the Bürgerbühne at the Staatsschauspiel Dresden.
Roland Quitt works as a freelance dramaturg, curator and author in the field of contemporary music theatre. He studied German, philosophy and musicology at the FU Berlin. Until 2009, he conceived more than 30 world premieres in the field of new music theatre beyond the opera form for the Theater Bielefeld and the Nationaltheater Mannheim. Together with Laura Berman, he initiated the first worldwide competition for new music theatre, Music Theater NOW, as part of the International Theatre Institute. He is chairman of the association “Zeitgenössisches Musiktheater Berlin” (ZMB), in which Berlin’s independent music theatre scene has come together, and artistic director of the BAM – Berliner Festival für aktuelles Musiktheater.
2019 – 2025
The Theater Bremen is a municipal theater with supra-regional importance. It comprises four sections: music theatre, drama, dance and children’s and youth theatre with the four venues Theater am Goetheplatz, Kleines Haus, Brauhaus and Brauhauskeller. Each season there are more than 30 premieres with 600 performances, but also concerts and parties. In the introductions to the plays, audience discussions after the performances and discussion series, direct dialogue with the audience is guaranteed.
2022 – 2025
Since its opening in 1959, the Musiktheater im Revier Gelsenkirchen, or “MiR” for short, has been considered one of the outstanding theatres of the post-war period. Since the 2008/09 season it has been under the direction of General Director Michael Schulz. The MiR stages up to 20 productions per season. Gelsenkirchen’s involvement with contemporary music and contemporary music theatre goes back to the 1970s to the “Studio for Experimental Music” led by Carla Henius. In addition to the classical repertoire of opera, operetta and musicals and its own productions with reference to the region, the MiR has also devoted itself in depth to forms of contemporary music theatre to this day. With Kötter/Seidl’s project “ingolf”, the MiR was already a partner theatre of the Experimental Music Theatre Fund in the 2016/17 season.
2019 – 2022
For more than a hundred years, the Wuppertal Opera has been looking back on an eventful history, both architecturally and artistically. “To make opera in the consciousness of the 21st century world – that is our claim”, says artistic director Berthold Schneider. For example, the “Sound of the City” festival organised by Wuppertal Opera brings together the city’s opera and music scenes. The ensemble’s high artistic level is confirmed by the annual NRW critics’ poll conducted by the Welt am Sonntag, among others, where Wuppertal Opera repeatedly received nominations in the categories “best production”, “best opera house”, “best singers and conductors”, and “best orchestra”. Since the 2017/18 season, the internationally sought-after conductor Julia Jones has been General Music Director of the Wuppertal Opera.