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MIMOS 2020

Jossi Wieler


Edited By Paola Gilardi

Jossi Wieler ist einer der prägendsten Schauspiel- und Opernregisseure im deutschsprachigen Raum. Kreation im Dialog und tiefgründige Erkundungen eines Stoffs auf seine gesellschaftspolitische Relevanz für die Gegenwart zeichnen sein Schaffen aus. Mehrstimmig gibt der vorliegende Band Einblick in seine Arbeitsweisen, die wechselseitige Inspiration im Probenprozess und die Ethik seiner Ästhetik.

Jossi Wieler est l’un des metteurs en scène de théâtre et d’opéra les plus influents de l’espace germanophone. Son art repose sur la création en dialogue et sur une exploration des pièces et partitions à la recherche de leur pertinence pour le monde d’aujourd’hui. A plusieurs voix, cet ouvrage met en lumière sa démarche, l’inspiration mutuelle dans le processus de répétition, et l’éthique de son esthétique.

Jossi Wieler è uno dei registi teatrali e d’opera più apprezzati nel mondo germanofono. La creazione in dialogo e lo scavo nelle pièce e partiture al fine di estrapolarne la rilevanza per il presente caratterizzano il suo lavoro. A più voci, questo volume mette in luce il suo approccio, l’importanza dell’ispirazione reciproca nel processo creativo, e l’etica della sua estetica.

As one of the defining theatre and opera directors in the German-speaking world, Jossi Wieler has developed his signature style by creating ideas through dialogue and dissecting works for their socio-political relevance for present-day audiences. In this volume, a range of voices shed light on his working methods, the significance of reciprocal inspiration in the creative process and the ethics of his aesthetic.

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Collective Creativity


The Swiss Grand Award for Theatre / Hans Reinhart Ring 2020 went to the theatre and opera director Jossi Wieler. Switzerland’s most important drama award, which is presented by the Confederation, recognises theatre of high quality and relevance. In a year dominated by the coronavirus pandemic, Jossi Wieler and Sergio Morabito, with whom he has created more than 25 opera productions, managed to stage Giacomo Meyerbeer’s Les Huguenots to a limited audience of 1,000 people at the Grand Théâtre de Genève in late February, just before the lockdown came into force. It was the first time in many years that a production by the director, who was born in Kreuzlingen and now lives in Berlin, had been seen in Switzerland. Two further premières took place subject to restrictions: in October Jossi Wieler’s staging of Peter Handke’s new work Zdeněk Adamec was performed at the Deutsches Theater Berlin with strict protective measures in place, while on 14 December the Vienna State Opera streamed Hans Werner Henze’s Das verratene Meer. These three spectacles reflect the trying circumstances of a year overshadowed by Covid-19, but are also testimony to the flexibility and creativity of the cultural world’s response.

Like so many events in the early months of the year, the presentation of the Swiss Theatre Awards scheduled to take place in mid-May as part of the Swiss Theatre Encounter at the Theater Chur had to be cancelled, as did a smaller-scale alternative event planned for November....

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