Der Würgeengel. Psalmen und Popsongs
This season, we are looking forward to working with a director whose productions have been shaping the aesthetics of contemporary theatre for many years. Both artistically and institutionally, Johan Simons stands for an innovative theatre distinguished by continually inventing new ways of storytelling. His production “Penthesilea” from Schauspielhaus Bochum was presented as a guest performance at Schauspiel Leipzig with great success. In cooperation with Schauspielhaus Bochum, Simons will stage a new piece at Schauspiel Leipzig. This project is also a continuation of our working relationship with Sandra Hüller who, together with FARN.collective, previously developed “The Shape of Trouble to Come. Ein posthumanes Ritual (WP)” for the Main Stage. Sandra Hüller and Johan Simons have worked together for many years. The title of the planned piece was not yet determined.
Johan Simons was born in 1946 and grew up in Heerjansdam in the Netherlands. He initially trained as a dancer and actor before he became manager, director and performer at “Haagsche Comedie” in 1976. In 1985, he founded Theatergroep Hollandia, which celebrated major national and international successes and which he continued to lead for 20 years, later under the name of ZT/Hollandia. Next, Johan Simons became artistic director of NTGent in Belgium. Simons has been working as a director at German theatres since the year 2000, including Schauspielhaus Zürich, Münchner Kammerspiele, Thalia Theater Hamburg and Vienna’s Burgtheater. Between 2020 and 2015, he was artistic director at Münchner Kammerspiele, which was voted to be Theatre of the Year by the trade magazine Theater heute in 2013. From 2015 to 2017, Simons was artistic director of the Ruhrtriennale festival. Since the 2018/19 season, he has been artistic director of Schauspielhaus Bochum. He received the German theatre award Der Faust in the category of drama direction, the Austrian Nestroy award twice and seven invitations to the Berlin Theatertreffen so far, most recently in 2020 with “Hamlet”, featuring Sandra Hüller in the title role.