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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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An Insatiable Curiosity for Human Nature


Having known Jossi for 47 years, this personal overview of Jossi’s career with close-ups on the early stages of his work is based on conversations and interviews with mutual friends and colleagues which I conducted especially for this occasion, and my personal memories as well as conversations of hundreds of hours with Jossi himself.

A Kaleidoscopic and Fertile Alma Mater

It is no coincidence that every biographical note of Jossi’s career mentions his studies at the Department of Theatre Arts at Tel Aviv University. This attests not to any “academic privilege” nor to his enduring devotion to his teachers and partners. Indeed, his artistic work grew out of the deep, nourishing roots of his student days in Tel Aviv. It was an intensely creative period and because his “artistic youth” is rarely mentioned in scholarly studies of his work, it deserves closer attention here.

Already as a first-year student of theatre directing, what distinguished Jossi from the rest of us was his exceptional background. While most students were Sabras (native Jewish Israelis) or second-generation sons or daughters of immigrants from Eastern European countries (Romania, Poland, Russia, etc.), Jossi had had a classic humanistic education: he was fluent in the main European languages, had a wide knowledge of world history and art history and, as a flutist endowed with a good voice, he also knew much about music.

This, combined with his humane and artistic sensibility, ability to listen, humility, and compassionate attitude...

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