Alexander Giesche, theatre director and head of the performance collective GIESCHEand, was born in Munich in 1982. He studied at the Institute for Applied Theatre Studies in Gießen and at DasArts in Amsterdam. For “Record of Time”, a collaboration with Lea Letzel, he received the 2011 Critics’ Award at the Körber Studio Junge Regie in Hamburg. From 2012 to 2014, Giesche was Artist-in-Residence at Theater Bremen. The critics’ survey of Theater heute magazine named him Emerging Director of the Year in both 2014 and 2016. In 2018, his piece “WHITE OUT – Begegnungen am Ende der Welt” was invited to the Swiss Theatertreffen. His technology-based projects, which oscillate between performance and visual arts, have drawn the attention of international festivals and juries. His interest and his work is focused on an exploration of the digital realm and modern technology and the question of how humans can relate to them. When Alexander Giesche works in a theatre space, he is not chiefly interested in narrating a plot in the conventional sense. Instead, he often creates landscapes and atmospheres, poetic situations that can move spectators into a different rhythm, and imageries that allow the most mundane things to appear different, strange, beautiful. Apart from performance formats in the narrower sense, Alexander Giesche is interested exploring in the concept of hosting, most recently as part of Berliner Festspiele’s Immersion series. “Der Mensch erscheint im Holozän (Man in the Holocene)”, based on Max Frisch, is his first work to be invited to the Berlin Theatertreffen.
As of March 2020