Ulrich Rasche was born in Bochum in 1969. He studied History of Art and Comparative Studies. In 2002, he directed “Betrayal” by Harold Pinter and the stage installation “231 East 47th Street” based on Andy Warhol at the Berlin Sophiensæle. His formally austere choir project “Singing! Immateriell arbeiten”, which was premiered in 2004 during the interim use of Berlin’s Palast der Republic, brought him nationwide renown as a director. This was followed by productions at Schauspiel Stuttgart (choir project “Kirchenlieder”, 2005; “The Waves” based on Virginia Woolf, 2007; Oscar Wilde’s “Salome”, 2009; “Die Apokalypse” from the New Testament, 2013) and at Wiener Festwochen (“This is not a Love Song”, 2007). He presented further works at Volksbühne am Rosa Luxemburg-Platz (“Seestücke” by Friedrich Schiller, 2009), Schauspiel Frankfurt (“Wilhelm Meister. Eine theatralische Sendung”, 2010), at Sophiensæle Berlin (“Die Entführung aus dem Serail”, 2010). At Theater Bonn, he dramatised and directed Heinrich von Kleist’s “Michael Kohlhaas” in 2011. In 2013, Ulrich Rasche received the Kunstpreis Berlin, bestowed by the Berlin Academy of the Arts. In cooperation with Sophiensæle, Kunstfest Weimar, Schauspiel Frankfurt and Kampnagel Hamburg, he co-produced “Die kosmische Oktave” by Nis-Momme Stockmann in 2014. His production of Büchner’s “Dantons Tod” (2015) at Schauspiel Frankfurt was celebrated as a “monstrously mechanist word oratorium … creating theatre ceremonies in which body, language, music and rhythm connect as if in a ritual.” (Süddeutsche Zeitung). His production of Friedrich Schiller’s “Die Räuber” at Munich’s Residenztheater was invited to the Theatertreffen in 2017. In the same year, he directed “Sieben gegen Theben/Antigone” by Aeschylus/Sophocles at Schauspiel Frankfurt. “Woyzeck” by Georg Büchner is his first production at Theater Basel.
Source: Theater Basel
As of March 2018