Zürcher Theater Spektakel (2018-...)

International performing arts festival

Since autumn 2017, I have been working with the program board of Zürcher Theater Spektakel as a freelance dramaturg and program advisor. Through the celebration of art, the festival opens up a popular space for transnational encounters and exchanges by Lake Zurich every summer. Together with Artistic Director Matthias von Hartz and program board members Rabea Grand (now: Gessnerallee) and Lea Loeb, I co-develop diverse, multi-layered festival programs of performances, concerts, and conversations. More info: Zürcher Theater Spektakel 2018, Zürcher Theater Spektakel 2019.

My programming so far has featured work by artists such as Hiba Alansari, Mohammad Al Attar, Youness Atbane, Ebony Bones, Ali Chahrour, Nora Chipaumire, Sorour Darabi, Clara García Fraile, Samara Hersch, Silke Huysmans & Hannes Dereere, Geumhyung Jeong, Chrystèle Khodr & Waël Ali, Nomcebisi Moyikwa, Ogutu Muraya, Genevieve Murphy, Royce Ng, La Re-sentida, as well as critical reflection of political thinkers such as Nikita Dhawan, Gloria Wekker, and Rohit Jain.

Using the festival as an international platform for art presentation and exchange, I put special focus on the inclusion and support of female* voices, both in the artistic program as well as in the development programs for young artists. I have twice organised an all-female international festival jury and coordinated the 10-day watch&talk residency for young performing artists. 

Since the beginning of my collaboration with Theater Spektakel, I have also worked toward an expansion of anti-racist and de-colonial discourses within the public program (lectures, round-table talks) as well as anti-discriminatory institutional critique and self-evaluation within the festival organisation.