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, Zürcher Theater Spektakel 2020

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, Samara Hersch, Silke Huysmans & Hannes Dereere, Geumhyung Jeong, Chrystèle Khodr, Lagartijas tiradas al Sol, Nomcebisi Moyikwa, Dorothée Munyaneza, Ogutu Muraya, Royce Ng, La Re-sentida, Marion Siefert, as well as critical reflections of political thinkers such as Nikita Dhawan, Rohit Jain, Ailton Krenak, Achille Mbembe, and Gloria Wekker.

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 been organising all-female international festival juries as well as the 10-day watch&talk residency for young performing artists. 

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