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fachbetrieb rita grechen is an interdisciplinary artistic collective with a changing cast. We develop music theater pieces, exhibitions, installations, durational performances, texts, films and process-oriented projects with a focus on publicly documented field research.
Many of our projects deal with the audience and the venues themselves. Usually we avoid statical seating and instead design situations in which the audience is invited to move freely. The architecture of the performance spaces is significantly included. Often we also try to achieve deviations from the regular audience of contemporary theater stages and exhibition spaces by choosing unusual locations. We are constantly researching to develop forms of expression that are accessible to everybody without reducing complexity or ironing out inconsistencies.
Team members (alphabetical):
Miguel Ángel García Martín, born in Zamora (Spain), first studied drums at the Conservatorio Superior de Musica de Navarra (Bachelor of Music: 2010). He then completed his Masters in performance (drums) and music education (drums) at the Musikakademie in Basel, each with distinction. He is a member of the new music formations ensemble this | ensemble that and ensemble lemniscate, as well as the jazz improvisation bands KvG’s Bottom Orchestra and Tribal. As a freelance drummer he performs a.o. also in music theater productions. He was part of i.a. Alles Klappt by Ondrej Adamek at the Munich Music Biennale, Sinatra in Agony by Oscar Bianchi at Gare du Nord Basel, Alexey by Giovanni Netzer at the Origen Festival Cultural and Vertigo Years by fachbetrieb rita grechen at the Spielart Festival in Munich. As a solo artist he has performed i.a. in Basel at the Swiss Foundation for the Young Musicians and at the Schalter Series in Zurich.
Laura Immler lives in Leipzig and works as a stage, costume and sound designer for projects at the threshold of theatre and visual arts. She studied stage and costume design in Dresden (2012 – 2013) and environmental engineering in Konstanz (B.Eng.: 2017). At Schauspiel Frankfurt and Schauspielhaus Bochum she joined several productions as an assistant. In various collaborations, she contributed her designs to projects such as Nipple Jesus, Äther, Die Paul Voëll Show, Il Farnace and Our Everlatest Bodies. Since 2018 she creates works collective with fachbetrieb rita grechen, i.a. piece of silence, ARBEITENDE and Was ist mehr zu viel als alles. Moreover she wrote the piece Hält uns wach, which deals with the cum-ex tax fraud, together with Hannes Köpke. Her artistic work is currently driven by an interest in posthumanism, similitude theory, resource flows and economic systems. She is eager to find new methods for creating music/sound and 3-D-modellation/animation.
Hannes Köpke was born in Hanover. 2014 he began his studies in theatre and opera direction at Theaterakademie August Everding (lead by Sebastian Baumgarten). He interned at theatre productions at Schauspielhaus Wien, HAU – Hebbel am Ufer Berlin and Oper Frankfurt and was the director‘s assistant in two opera productions at Münchner Biennale für Musik. He directed i.a. Der Eindringling at the Residenztheater in Munich and collaborating with Franziska Angerer the opera seria Il Farnace at the Stadttheater Aschaffenburg. In his graduation production piece of silence, he no longer occupied the classic directing position, but instead developed the piece in a collective with fachbetrieb rita grechen. Out of this collaboration arose further projects, i.a.: ARBEITENDE, Vertigo Years, Was ist mehr zu viel als alles and Rita represents. He wrote the piece Hält uns wach together with Laura Immler.
Ferdinand Nowitzky was born in Dresden. In the season 2013/2014 he was part of the Junge Burg Theaterjahr at the Burgtheater in Vienna. There he played i.a. in Michael Kohlhaas, Don Quixote and Mendy – das Wusical. 2015 he started his acting studies at the Musik und Kunst Privatuniversität der Stadt Wien. Meanwhile he was involved in the projects Ein Porträt des Künstlers als junger Mann at the Theaterakademie August Everding München, in Radetzkymarsch by Joseph Roth (director: Johan Simons) and Zelt by Herbert Fritsch at the Burgtheater in Vienna. In the last years he was part of many projects of fachbetrieb rita grechen, i.a.: piece of silence at the HfBK Dresden, Vertigo Years at Spielart Festival in Munich and Was ist mehr zu viel als alles at HELLERAU – European Centre for the Arts in Dresden.
Jasmina Rezig is working as a freelance theater maker, performer and in the field of sound/composition since 2016. She is artistically interested in interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary experimental arrangements to artistically express queer and diverse perspectives. Also she is constantly looking for new work constellations and positions: in addition to projects that were created in groups such as fachbetrieb rita grechen, Hauptaktion or Das Schaubüro, she also initiated participatory formats such as anti.go.ne.volk or the performance Jugend ohne Gott by Horváth, which she developed together with pupils from the Rupprecht-Gymnasium in Munich. She also participated in various productions in an institutional setting, i.a. at the Staatstheater Nürnberg, Marstall/Residenztheater in Munich and the Münchner Kammerspiele. She is also enthusiastic about 3D audio and realizes concerts/installations for multi-channel systems.
Laura Pföhler studied sociology at the Universität Mannheim and culture and arts mediation with a focus on theater at the Universität Hildesheim. Her area of research is (participatory) contemporary theater as well as political theory and philosophy. Apart from her work in the field of cultural mediation she interned and assisted at the Kinder- und Jugendtheater Mannheim (Schnawwl), Deutsche Oper Berlin, Sasha Waltz&Guests, Goethe-Institut Paris and Festival Theaterformen. With her Bochum based performance collective STERNA | PAU produktionen she created the performance a porn a day in 2018, the performance Körperschaften der Vernetzung in 2019 and a web-app for writing alternative stories collectively in the research project call me by any name in 2020. With fachbetrieb rita grechen she worked together on the public research project Rita represents and Hält uns wach.
Olivia Rosendorfer studied stage and costume design at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste in Dresden (Diploma: 2018) and at the international Norwegian Theater Academy in Fredrikstad (Norway). She creates spatial set designs with a focus on the interaction of architecture and sound to produce atmospheres that surround the audience. During her studies she participated several projects i.a. directed by Hannes Köpke, Julia Prechsl and Franziska Angerer i.a. at the Theaterakademie August Everding, at the Stadttheater Aschaffenburg and at the Uferstudios in Berlin. She graduated with the project piece of silence at the HfBK Dresden and afterwards founded the independent music theater collective fachbetrieb rita grechen with the same team. With fachbetrieb rita grechen she created i.a. the pieces ARBEITENDE, ZAPFEN FLECHTEN HOLZ - Ein Volkslied, Vertigo Years and Was ist mehr zu viel als alles. As a costume designer, she has been working with the director Julia Prechsl since 2016 and developed costumes for Prechsl's plays at the Staatstheater Saarbrücken, Theater Regensburg and Staatsschauspiel Stuttgart.
Konstantin Sieghart was born in Linz. In the season 2013/2014 he participated the Junge Burg theatre year at the Burgtheater in Vienna. In 2016 he began studying jazz guitar in Vienna (Class Miroslav Mirosavljev) and moved in 2017 to the Anton Bruckner University in Linz (class Peter O'Mara). In 2018 he additionally started studying jazz vocals at his university (class Agnes Heginger). He completed Masterclasses with Franco Morone, Jon Gomm, Antoine Dufour, Thomas Leeb, Kurt Rosenwinkel and more. Between 2013 and 2019 he hosted the VorstellBar, which is an open stage event initiated by the Vienna Burgtheater. Since 2018 he has been a member of the team of fachbetrieb rita grechen and was part of the productions piece of silence, ARBEITENDE, Wo die schönen Trompeten Blasen, ZAPFEN FLECHTEN HOLZ - Ein Volkslied, Vertigo Years, Was ist mehr zu viel als alles and Rita represents. In 2019 he made his debut as a cabaret artist with the musical cabaret show Heute:Leopold III. Since November of 2020 he can be seen as a musician and narrator in the production Alaaddin und die Wunderlampe at the Staatstheater Darmstadt.
Paul Voell studied German literature and British and American Studies in Konstanz and Warwick. He made his first experiences in theatre as an actor at the student theatre of the University of Konstanz and as an intern at Deutsches Schauspielhaus Hamburg and Salzburger Festspiele. In Konstanz, he then began creating performance art projects, among them Äther, which took place in an abandoned hospital in 2018. Most recently, he developed Die Paul Voëll Show, a series of performances that deal with the genre of late night shows and the concept of authenticity. His field of work included project conception, scientific research, sound and light design as well as audience development. In 2021, he will be part of Hält uns wach by fachbetrieb rita grechen in the Pathos München as a performer.
Yannik Stöbener was born in Hanover and began studying acting at the Theaterakademie August Everding in Munich in 2015. During his studies he played a.o. in Zement (director: Dimiter Gotscheff) at the Residenztheater in Munich, in Würgen des Fasans (director: Blanka Rádóczy), as well as in Die unvorstellbaren Folgen einer eingebildeten Revolution (director: Dimitrij Schaad) at the Theaterakademie August Everding. Since 2016 he has been regularly involved in Ulrich Rasche's productions. So he was i.a. to be seen in Die Räuber and Elektra at the Residenztheater Munich, Das große Heft at the Staatsschauspiel Dresden, Die Perser at the Schauspiel Frankfurt, Die Bakchen at the Burgtheater in Vienna and 4.48 Psychose at the Deutsches Theater. He is also playing the role of Leone in Volpone at the Munich Volkstheater (director: Abdullah Kenan Karaca). In spring 2020 he produced the short film abschlafen with fachbetrieb rita grechen.
Veronika Wagner studied Theater Studies and Iranian Studies at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich. During her studies she worked on various publications and exhibitions at the German Theater Museum in Munich and organized the philosophical film discussion series cinephil & philosoph. She writes for the Neue Deutsche Biografie and gives seminars on cultural mediation and theater historiography at the Institute for Theater Studies of the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität. In addition she works as a freelance dramaturg and a production manager in the independent scene and institutionalized theater business. She works as a dramaturgical consultant, dramaturgist and production manager for fachbetrieb rita grechen, the SPIELART Theater Festival, choreographers Gabriele Reuter, Sandra Chatterjee and Lena Grossmann and directors Verena Regensburger and Anina Jendreyko. In 2020 she has been active for Joint Adventures - Walter Heun in the organization team of the DANCE PLATFORM GERMANY 2020. In summer she worked as a dramaturg and production manager at Tanzwerkstatt Europa.
Maria Wang Kvalheim is a scenographer and performer who works with performance and installation. Through scenography she works as a concept developer and as performer. Opening up and asking questions about what a set designer does she currently works with acoustic scenography producing sound that brings out the inherent acoustic and atmospheric potential of space. In 2018 she came to Dresden for the project piece of silence at the Hochschule der Bildenden Künste. She finished her bachelor studies at the Norwegian Theatre Academy with the production I see the rockyIsland again by Anders Paulin at the Black Box Theater in Oslo 2018. In 2019 she showed the work Can I put my hand here at Tou scene in Stavanger and developed the music theater projects Vertigo Years and Was ist mehr zu viel als alles with fachbetrieb rita grechen. In 2020 she is part of the residence Climata by PRAKSIS Oslo and the Goethe Institute with a focus on sound art. She is currently working with the production Hält uns wach together with fachbetrieb rita grechen and in 2021 has been invited to take part in the recidence SCI-FLY at Øy theatre in Oslo.
Nicole Marianna Wytyczak born in Katowice (Poland), Libra with ascendant Libra, moon in Scorpio. In 2011 she graduated from T. Kantor Art High School with a diploma in design and fine art (focus on graphics), then she studied stage and costume design at HfBK Dresden (diploma: 2017). Afterwards she was hired at the Münchner Kammerspiele from 2017 to 2020 as best girl, where she worked with artists like Philippe Quesne, Trajal Harrell, Florentina Holzinger, Susanne Kennedy, Marta Górnicka, Alexander Giesche and Henrike Iglesias. Since 2020 she works freelance as visual designer at the theater and in film, i.a. at theaters like Münchner Kammerspiele, Schauspiel Dortmund, Staatsschauspiel Dresden, Theater Braunschweig, Theater Augsburg, TJG Dresden and Festspielhaus Hellerau. She feels most confident at the interface between fine art and technical implementation.
Julius Zimmermann was born in Dresden and studied, after finishing his apprenticeship as a chef, stage- and costume design at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste Dresden (Diploma: 2017). Key interests in his work are the inclusion of a given architecture as an active input to the concept of pieces and influencing atmospheres of given spaces with videoprojections. Since summer 2019 he is focusing on creating 3D based content. He tested this working methods in different projects, i.a. Der Eindringling at the Marstall (Residenztheater Munich) and Ein Porträt des Künstlers als junger Mann at the Theaterakademie August Everding in Munich. Since 2019 he also deepened his effort in theatre and dance photography and documented i.a. the dancefestival Tanzwoche Dresden. He participated in several projects of fachbetrieb rita grechen, such as Wo die schönen Trompeten blasen, ZAPFEN FLECHTEN HOLZ - Ein Volkslied, Vertigo Years and Was ist mehr zu viel als alles. Recent Projects with fachbetrieb rita grechen were the research performance Rita Represents and the short film THE BEACH WILL BE CLEAN.