12 May, Sat, 2pm
Blue Room, Festival House
(1h 30m, no intermission)
Free with registration
“A genius at rejuvenating plays”. “The most important theatre director of his generation”. From the extravagance of praises often used to describe German theatre director Thomas Ostermeier, one quickly figures he is of a calibre one does not get to meet very often. Much less sit down to a conversation with. So expect this invigorating talk with the internationally-renowned director of the much lauded Enemy of the People to fill up very quickly.
The artistic director at Berlin’s Schaubühne theatre, a role Ostermeier has held for the past 18 years, is known for the signature aesthetic and gritty realism he applies in his contemporary updates of classic dramas like Henrik Ibsen’s Enemy of the People. His contribution to art has been recognised in Germany and beyond. In 2009 he was appointed Officier des Arts et des Lettres by the French ministry of culture, and in 2015, promoted to the degree of Commandeur. In 2011, he received the Golden Lion of the Venice Biennale for tahe entirety of his work.
A rare chance to hear from this broadly respected director.