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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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The Gentle Disruptor


The current edition of our Swiss Theatre Yearbook MIMOS is dedicated to theatre director Jossi Wieler, who has been staging dramas at renowned theatres and festivals in various countries for more than forty years – and, since 1993, also musical theatre with dramaturg and co-director Sergio Morabito. Jossi Wieler has received numerous accolades for his deeply perceptive and layered productions and now, in 2020, has been awarded Switzerland’s most distinguished theatre prize: the Grand Award for Theatre / Hans Reinhart Ring. The timing was fortunate in that, for the first time in a long while, a new Jossi Wieler work was staged in Switzerland this year: Giacomo Meyerbeer’s Les Huguenots, performed at the end of February, just before lockdown began, at the Grand Théâtre de Genève. Geneva opera critic Jean-Jacques Roth has reviewed the performance in detail for MIMOS.

Jossi Wieler was to enjoy yet more good fortune in 2020 – coronavirus pandemic notwithstanding. After nearly ten years of working almost exclusively in musical theatre, mainly at the Stuttgart State Opera, which he led from 2011 to 2018, he directed the German premiere of Peter Handke’s Zdeněk Adamec at the Deutsches Theater Berlin in October – to unanimous critical acclaim. In Wieler’s production, six musicians stranded in a type of limbo between our world and the afterworld reflect on the equally horrific and mystifying death of Zdeněk Adamec, the young man who in 2003 self- immolated at Prague’s Wenzelplatz. It was an extraordinary collective experience to sit...

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