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Janina Janke

Der Findling 2009

In October 2008, at the invitation of the Goethe-Institut and the performance network "fatzer-project" in Seoul/South Korea, the theater formation Oper Dynamo West presented a performance directed by Janina Janke, based on the romantic story by Heinrich von Kleist "Der Findling" and the fragmentary play text "Wolokolamsker Chaussee V - Der Findling" by Heiner Müller. Janke reflects on the experiences she has gained through her experimental music theater projects in the context of the opera Dynamo West and through the "Findling" performance shown in Korea. The following questions she asks for discussion in the context of the pilot phase of the Graduate School -
What is the appropriate place for a contemporary music theater? What are the adequate forms and contents for a contemporary music theater? What is the best form of collective artistic collaboration for the creation of high-quality and interesting music theater? What is the justification for music theater in our society today? Is music theater a luxury?

Janina Janke was born in 1974 in Frankfurt am Main. Apprenticeship as a carpenter, studied European ethnology and philosophy in Munich and Berlin. Studied stage design at the Berlin University of the Arts. Founding member of the OPER DYNAMO WEST. Conceptual direction and direction of the following documentary theater projects: EIN_FÜHRUNG (2006) FORT_FÜHRUNG (Bahnhof Zoo 2007), KOSMOS vom schweben (German Opera 2008), CAIRO! SHANGHAI! BOMBAY! a continuation of the OPER DYNAMO WEST.
In addition, conceptual direction and directing of the following experimental music theater projects: HOTEL KOREA Far East in West Berlin (Europa-Center 2007), UNIVERSAL New York Seoul Istanbul (MotelOne at Ku'damm 2008), DER FREISCHÜTZ_GA (Schiller Theater 2008), DER FINDLING (workshop at the invitation of the fatzer project and the Goethe Institute in Seoul, South Korea), engagements as freelance set and costume designer at the Deutsches Theater Göttingen, the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Staatstheater Mainz and the Luzerner Theater. Since November 2008 fellowship holder of the pilot phase of the Graduate School for the Arts and Sciences of the UdK Berlin.