Interview: Brigitte Fürle

Brigitte Furle 2Brigitte Fürle, the new artistic director of Spielzeiteuropa, found a few minutes to talk with us about her project, just an hour before the official opening of the festival. She has previously worked on a range of productions at Schauspielfrankfurt, the Young Directors Project at the Salzburg Festival, the Bavarian State Theater and the Wiener Festwochen. Since 1995, she has been teaching Theater Studies at the University of Vienna, offering a course on the work of Robert Lepage.

Spielzeiteuropa opened on November 16 at the Haus der Berliner Festspiele, which changed its attire dramatically for the occasion. Brigitte brought in a photo installation by the Latvian artist Monika Pormale, in order to inhabit the house before the arrival of the audience and the artists: the facade and foyer of the building were draped with large-scale photos of couples embracing in different Berlin locales. Brigitte alludes to the significance of this installation in the interview, relating it to the central themes of this year’s festival.

Alles Wird Gut Photoinstallation
Photo installation: Alles Wird Gut, by Monika Pormale

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