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Obituary for Johann Kresnik

© Sakher Almonem
© Sakher Almonem

The dance theatre has lost one of its pioneers and ImPulsTanz a good friend. Shocked and in deep mourning we have to announce that Johann Kresnik passed away on Saturday, 27th July 2019 in his 80th year of life.

Johann Kresnik is one of the most important directors at the interface of dramatic and dance theatre. He was a director and choreographer at the Theater Bremen under the direction of Kurt Hübner. As ballet director in Heidelberg he developed his own style of a modern choreographic theatre. Kresnik’s international career began in the 1980s, which in the following decades led him to almost all cultural centres all over the world. He also worked closely with Ismael Ivo and directed the two productions Francis Bacon and Othello.

In 1994/95 he moved together with his ensemble to the Volksbühne at Rosa- Luxemburg-Platz in Berlin. 2003 to 2008 he was director of the “Choreographic Theatre” of the city of Bonn. With his productions Macbeth, Ulrike Meinhof, Frida Kahlo and Wendewut Kresnik was invited to the Berliner Theatertreffen. In 2010 he created Felix Nussbaum (Theater Osnabrück) and Prince Pückler’s Utopia (Staatstheater Cottbus), in 2011/12 he returned to the Theater Heidelberg for Die Sammlung Prinzhorn, where he also directed the world premiere of Johannes Kalitzke’s opera Pym in 2015/16. For the Volksbühne Berlin he developed Villa Verdi (2013) and in 2015 The 120 Days of Sodom. In 2016 he created The hell / Inferno after Dante Alighieri for the Schauspiel Wuppertal. In 2018, he presented the revival of his piece Macbeth from 1988 with the ensemble TANZLIN.Z, which opened ImPulsTanz 2019 on 11th July. After the performance he was honoured with the Golden Medal of Merit of the State of Vienna by Veronica Kaup-Hasler, City Councillor for Art and Science.

We send our deep-felt condolences to his family and to all of those, who mourn over Hans Kresnik with us.

Karl Regensburger & Ismael Ivo
and the ImPulsTanz team



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