Ulrich Rasche

Ulrich Rasche

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Ulrich Rasche (1969) is a German director and stage designer.

Ulrich Rasche has made a name for himself as a director with formidable choir projects. After studying art history, Rasche gained theater experience with Jürgen Kruse in Bochum and with Edith Clever, Dieter Sturm and Robert Wilson at the Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz. He was also a scholarship holder at the Wilson Watermill Center in Southampton (USA). This was followed by work at the Staatstheater Stuttgart, the Volksbühne Berlin, the Bonn Theater, the Sophiensäle Berlin and at the Wiener Festwochen. At the Schauspiel Frankfurt, he staged "Wilhelm Meister. A theatrical broadcast ". In 2014, he co-produced with the Sophiensäle Berlin, the Kunstfest Weimar, the Schauspiel Frankfurt and Kampnagel Hamburg "The Cosmic Octave" by Nis-Momme Stockmann. His production of "Danton's Death" 2015 at the Schauspiel Frankfurt was celebrated as an "overwhelming revolutionary oratorio" (SZ). Rasche was also awarded the Art Prize of the Berlin Academy of Arts in 2013.

In 2017, his design for Die Räuber am Münchner Residenztheater was voted Stage Design of the Year by the reviewer of the magazine Theater heute.

In 2017, Ulrich Rasche was invited to the Berliner Theatertreffen with his production Die Räuber. The jury wrote in their statement: "In an epoch of emerging mass movements, as democratically disadvantaged people form on marketplaces as well as on social media platforms against the open society, Ulrich Rasche's idiosyncratically rigorous and over the years refined choir theater is the work of art of the hour. Rasche places his players on giant treadmills that spin like curbs, lift themselves to the sky, and lean towards the abyss. Whether the Moor household, which is captured by the intriguer Franz, or the robber horde around Karl Moor - all go along like galley slaves; Everyone falls into the maelstrom of mass, the Rasches composer Ari Benjamin Meyers congenially orchestrated with meditative, archaic drum compositions. On this operatic, gloomy evening, the breakthrough fantasies and the criticism of the instances that arouse Schiller's protagonists are condensed into an apocalyptic memorial." Because of the particularly elaborate stage design, the staging was not even visible at the Berlin Theatertreffen. Instead, on May 21, 2017, a television recording that 3sat had created by the Munich production, shown as a "preview".

In 2018, Rasches Baseler Woyzeck production was selected for the Theatertreffen.

Director and Stage (excerpt)
2015 Danton's death by Georg Büchner at the Schauspiel Frankfurt
2015 The earthquake in Chili by Heinrich von Kleist at the Konzert Theater Bern
2016 The robbers of Friedrich Schiller at the Residenztheater Munich
2017 Woyzeck by Georg Büchner at the Theater Basel
2018 The big issue of Ágota Kristóf at the Staatsschauspiel Dresden
2018 The Persians of Aeschylus at the Salzburg Festival

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