New in the festival team

New members of the programme team

Last November the new artistic director, Matthias von Hartz, took his post in Zurich and the preparations for the 2018 edition of the festival have since been in full swing since. He is supported by two new members of the programme group: the cultural scientist and assistant to the artistic direction Rabea Grand and the dramaturge and drama expert Maria Rössler.

Rabea Grand (*1984 in Valais, Switzerland) holds a Master in cultural sciences with a focus on sociology from the University of Lucerne. Since 2011, she has been collecting work experience in dance, theatre and performance as a freelance production manager and collaborator of various festivals. From 2012 to 2014, she was manager of the administration office of Auawirleben in Bern and, thereafter until 2017, co-created the programme of this theatre meeting as a dramaturge. As manager and founding member of Residenz Tanz Leuk and temporary collaborator of the Tanznetzwerk Reso, she is also familiar with the Swiss dance scene. From 2015 to 2017, she was a member of the theatre committee of the Stadt Zürich Kultur. Rabea Grand works and lives in Zurich.

Maria Rössler (*1987) studied theatre and media sciences in Berlin and took a Master in international dramaturgy in Amsterdam. After working as an assistant with Rimini Protokoll and lunatics production she worked for international art festivals and conferences such as Transmediale, Tanzkongress as well as for projects of the International Theatre Institute and of Wikimedia e.V. From 2013 to 2016, she collaborated in the programme development and organisation of Foreign Affairs, the international performing arts festival of the Berliner Festspiele. She supported the programme team of the cultural centre Vooruit in Gent as a freelance dramaturge and devised formats for talks and reflections for festivals in Brussels and Amsterdam. She also collaborates with various theatre artists and conducts a research with computer expert and hacker Nathan Rain on the relationship between digital technologies and social intuition. Maria lives and works in Berlin.

New co-directors of the Zentral Stage

Since the beginning of the year, the new co-directors of the Zentral Stage, the freelance dramaturge and curator Zoé Kilchenmann and the actress and theatre professional Yanna Rüger, have taken up their work with great enthusiasm and a plethora of new ideas.

Zoé Kilchenmann (*1986 in Bern) is a qualified violin teacher. She studied dramaturgy, cultural sciences and artistic aesthetics at the ZHdK and the University of Hildesheim. She works as a freelance dramaturge, project manager and curator for institutions such as the Schwarzmarkt für nützliches Wissen und NIcht-Wissen, the Jugend Theater Festival Schweiz, Tanztheater Dritter Frühling, egli_items and ZÜRICH TANZT. Together with her collective Norman Spenzer she creates her own pieces. She is the mother of a one-year-old and lives in Zurich.

Yanna Rüger (*1986 in Tübingen) studied acting at the ZHdK. During the 2012/13 season she worked at the Schauspielhaus Zurich as part of Schauspiel-Studio and collaborated with directors Barbara Frey, Bastian Kraft, Jörg Schwahlen and Melanie Huber. From 2013 to 2016, she was a permanent member of the ensemble at the Theater Neumarkt. Important works during that time were with Peter Kastenmüller, Laura Koerfer, Friederike Heller, Tom Kühnel, the theatre collectives Andcompany&Co and Das Helmi, Simone Blattner and Heike M. Goetze. Since summer 2016, she has been working as a freelance actress and on her own projects. She is initiator and artistic director of the network Infinite Cooperation.