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Speakers

Digital innovation in theatre

ETC international theatre conference, general assembly and extraordinary general assembly

 


CLEMENS BECHTEL 

Clemens Bechtel is a freelance drama director, mostly known for his documentary performances. He directed in Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Hungary, Romania, Denmark, Burundi, Mali and Malawi. He also worked for Oper Köln, Theater Freiburg, Staatstheater Wiesbaden, Schauspielhaus Graz, Staatsschauspiel Dresden, Deutsches Schauspielhaus Hamburg.


DICK VAN DIJK
Advisory Board member for the European Theatre Lab

Dick van Dijk is creative director at Waag Society and head of its Future Heritage Lab. Waag Society is a pioneer in the field of digital media, exploring emerging technologies and giving end users, artists and others involved a decisive role in the design of meaningful applications. Intuitive and curiosity-driven research of artists and designers is essential for this type of innovation.


MARC DONDEY

Since 2016, Marc Dondey is the artistic director and general manager of the Gaîté Lyrique in Paris. His ambition is to transform the Gaîté Lyrique into an open platform of production for emerging artists in the performing, visual and media arts. Investigating new technologies, creative industries and social innovation are at the heart of the project.


BARBARA GESSLER

Born in Belgium with German nationality, she lived and studied in Konstanz, Paris, Buenos Aires and Bruges. She joined the European Commission in 1994. From mid- 2011 until 2016, she ran the Culture Unit at EACEA, which implements the EU’s funding programmes in these areas. Since 2017 she is responsible for the culture sub-programme at Directorate General Education, Youth, Sport and Culture.


MARC GRANDMONTAGNE

Marc Grandmontagne studied Law and Political Science at the Universities of Saarbrücken and Tübingen (Germany) and Siena (Italy). After working as an MEP assistant in Brussels, he was head of the Executive Office for the “RUHR.2010 – European Capital of Culture” project, then programme director at the Mercator foundation in Essen, later managing director of the Society for Cultural Policy in Bonn. He serves on the German UNESCO Commission’s Advisory Board on the Diversity of Cultural Expressions. Since 2017 he is the CEO of Deutscher Bühnenverein (German Theatre and Orchestra Association).


CHRIS KONDEK

Born in Boston, Chris Kondek started his theatre career as video designer for the New York based Wooster Group and for Laurie Anderson. Based in Berlin from 1999, he worked with choreographer Meg Stuart and directors Stefan Pucher, Hans-Werner Kroesinger, René Pollesch, Michael Nyman, Rimini Protokoll (Situation Rooms), Sebastian Baumgarten, Jossi Wieler and Falk Richter. Since 2004 Kondek has developed his own theatre pieces.


CHRISTIANE KÜHL

Born in Kiel, she worked as a journalist for taz, KulturSPIEGEL, radioeins/rbb, and as a freelancer for Die Zeit, F.A.S., DU, dummy, Spiegel, Theater heute, Theater der Zeit. 2012/2013 deputy artistic director of Berliner Festspiele. 2013–2015 curator of the theory program of steirischer herbst, Graz. Since 2004 Christiane Kühl is working as well as author, dramaturg and performer with Chris Kondek.


BIRGIT LENGERS

Birgit Lengers studied Theatre, Film and Cultural Studies in Cologne and Hildesheim. She worked as dramaturg for German Theatre Abroad and, for 12 years, she served on the board of the Dramaturgische Gesellschaft. Since 2009, she is the director of the Junges DT, the youngsters´ stage of the Deutsches Theater Berlin.


BJÖRN LENGERS

Björn Lengers is co-founder of ‘CyberRäuber – The theatre of virtual reality’ and is working together with Marcel Karnapke in combining theatrical techniques and tradtions with the almost limitless potential of computer-generated, virtual worlds. Björn Lengers is a live-long theatre afficionado, data analyst and developer, living in Berlin.


BERND LINTERMANN

Bernd Lintermann of the Institute for Visual Media, ZKM, works as artist, scientist and programmer in the field of real time computer graphics with a focus on interactive and generative systems. The results of his research are applied in scientific, creative and commercial context. His work spans two decades and includes prints, interactive installations, projection environments and stage performances combining generative imagery and sound.


KARLA MÄDER

Karla Mäder, head dramaturg at Schauspielhaus Graz, grew up in East Berlin. She worked as the communications director of the theatre in Kiel, then as dramaturg in Lübeck and Berne (Switzerland).


SIMON MELLOR
Advisory Board member for the European Theatre Lab

Simon Mellor is deputy chief executive director arts & culture for Arts Council England, where he is a member of the Executive Board and has responsibility for national arts and cultural strategy. He was previously General Director of the Manchester International Festival and the Chief Executive at Lyric Hammersmith.


NICHOLAS PAYNE

Nicholas Payne managed four different UK opera companies over 34 years, and in 2003 he became director of Opera Europa, which he has established as the leading professional opera association in Europe with a membership of over 170 opera companies and festivals from 42 countries. In 2015, it launched the Opera Platform, an online streaming service for the promotion and enjoyment of opera.


CLARE ROBERTSON

Clare Robertson is general manager / producer for Belarus Free Theatre (UK/Belarus) working out of their office at the Young Vic Theatre in London. She manages the company’s activities in the UK and international touring. Producing credits for BFT include Tomorrow I Was Always a Lion and Burning Doors, invited to Theater der Welt, Hamburg 2017.


CHRISTIAN RÖMER
Advisory Board member for the European Theatre Lab

Christian Römer studied Theatre Direction at the New York University, and is specialised in the conception and organisation of festivals and conferences. Since 2011 he is the representative for culture and new media at the Heinrich Böll Foundation. Together with nachtkritik.de, he organizes the annual workshop conference Theater und Netz (Theatre meets the Net).


MARCUS ROMER

Marcus Romer is a British theatre director, filmmaker and trained surgeon. His experience across his work and practice has evolved with the core being about communication, connection between people to increase understanding, wellbeing and creative potential.


DIETER SCHNEIDER
Advisory Board member for the European Theatre Lab

As gead of department Pop&Event at ZDF / Arte, Schneider is responsible for pop-documentaries, concert and festival recordings (Online- and TVConcerts of Hurri-cane, Wacken, Melt!, Splash!) and many other musical formats; also jointly responsible for the pop culture emphasized series "Summer of..." and redesigning TRACKS as a cross-medial magazine. Dieter Schneider studied History, Theatre and Film in Bonn and Mainz. He has gained experience as a director's assistant for theatres in Bonn and Hamburg and as a freelance filmmaker for ZDF, 3sat and Arte. Schneider is commissioning editor for ZDF/Arte and since 2012 head of department Theatre, Pop, Event/Arte at ZDF.


DATA TAVADZE

The most prominent Georgian director of his generation, Data Tavadze is the artistic director of the Royal District Theatre in Tbilisi, Georgia. His play War Mothers won the Talking About Borders Award. His production of The women of Troy was invited to the PREMIÈRES Festival for Young Directors in Karlsruhe, and subsequently to Gdansk and the Fast Forward Festival in Braunschweig, where he won the Jury prize. For 2018, he is preparing a coproduction with STAATSTHEATER KARLSRUHE, supported by the Goethe-Institut Coproduction Fund.


JONATHAN THONON

Jonathan Thonon is European project manager at Théâtre de Liège (Belgium), coordinator of IMPACT (International Meeting in Performing Arts and Creative Technologies). Before, Jonathan was researcher at the University of Liège (Communication Department), working on Digital Arts, Cinema and Contemporary Arts and Exhibited Cinema (Cinéma exposé). In the past years, Jonathan was associated to Vidéographie(s), coordinator of the Vidéographie(s)21 Vidéo Arts and Digital Images festival (Liège) and production assistant of the Vidéographie(s)21 TV show (RTBF – La Trois).


KAY VOGES

Since the season 2010/2011, Kay Voges is manager and artistic director of the Schauspiel Dortmund. He is author and director for theatre and opera (alongside Dortmund most recently in Hannover, Frankfurt and Stuttgart). Numerous of his works have received awards and festival invitations. His acclaimed production The Borderline Procession. A Loop On What Divides Us by Voges, Dirk Baumann and Alexander Kerlin was invited to the Berlin Theatertreffen 2017.


PETER WEIBEL
Advisory Board member for the European Theatre Lab

Peter Weibel, chairman and CEO of ZKM - Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe and professor of media theory at the University of Applied Arts Vienna, is considered a central figure in European media art on account of his various activities as artist, theoretician, and curator. He publishes widely in the intersecting fields of art and science.


CHRIS ZIEGLER

Chris Ziegler is a digital artist and scenographer. He develops digital theatre projects since 1999. As associate artist at ZKM he developed for William Forsythe / Ballett Frankfurt the world renowned digital dance publication Improvisation Technologies. At the Choreographic Center Amsterdam he produced several projects for dance teaching and training using digital tools. Currently he is a professor at the School of Arts, Media and Engineering of the Arizona State University.


SIEGFRIED ZIELINSKI

Prof. Siegfried Zielinski is the Rector of the University of Arts and Design Karlsruhe (HfG). He chairs the media theory course with a focus on archaeology and variantology of media at the Institute for time based media, Berlin University of Arts. He is an elected member of the Academy of Arts Berlin and the Academy of Sciences and Arts in Düsseldorf.