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Anne Tismer

As an actress, performance artist, and co-founder of the free Experimentierbühne Ballhaus OST, Berlin, Anne Tismer is one of the most important stage artists of her generation. With a naturally performative voice and attitude, and a physical performance style, she began to use her body as a medium at an early age to question the boundaries between acting and performance. Central to her work is the interaction with other artists, collectives and disciplines, the development of art objects and art-based events. Her work examines the role of theatre as a driving force and catalyst for the discussion of social issues. Anne Tismer lives in Lomé and Berlin.

She was born in Versailles in 1963 and grew up in France, Holland and Spain. After studying drama at the Max Reinhardt Seminar in Vienna she made her debuts in the Drachengasse, Vienna in Kindsmord by Peter Turrini, under the direction of Ernie Mangold. In 1989, she began a long-term cooperation with Jürgen Kruse at the Freiburg, Stuttgart, Frankfurt and Bochum theatres. She also worked with Dimiter Gottscheff, Matthias Hartmann, Peter Stein, Luc Bondy, Tom Kühnel, Elias Perrig, Calixto Bieito and Frank Castorf from 1997 onward. In 1999 Anne Tismer was invited to the Berlin Theatertreffen with two works; in 2001 she joined the ensemble at the Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz. In 2003 she was voted actress of the year for her part in the title role of Ibsen’s Nora directed by Thomas Ostermeier and won the German Critics Award, as well as the 3-Sat innovation prize.

From 2004 she worked with the group Dorky Park headed by Constanza Macras, with the artist John Bock, the group Das Helmi, Theater Thikwa and the performance group Gintersdorfer/Klaßen. In 2006 she co-founded BALLHAUS OST, which hosts numerous performances. Invitations to the United States, Belgium, Korea and Taiwan followed. From 2006, she worked with Lars Norén, also in Belgium, where she was the first foreign artist to receive the Prix Spécial de la Critique Théâtre et Danse in 2009.

In 2008, she was invited to visit Togo by the Goethe Institute Lomé. Here she met the writer and director Joël Ajavon, and the performer David Ganda, with whom she developed numerous art events. In Lomé in 2016, she joins the hip-hop group New Star Dance Company run by choreographer Meier Eden Akakpo, which represents Togo at the Jeux de la Francophonie in Côte d’Ivoire in 2017.

Other films, events, exhibitions: Gutes Tun 1.3 (2005, performance); Bei mir (2007, performance); Bongani (2008, performance); Körperzentralhaltestelle (2010, Ausstellung Neuer Aachener Kunstverein); Schweinskopfsülze (2010 Volksbühne Foyer) Woyzickine (2010, TheaterDiscounter, Berlin); Quantensprünge von flumpis (2012, Happening, Galerie Gartenstudio Berlin); Non Tutta (2012, Sophiensaele Berlin, Avignon Festival); Hsieh Hsueh Hung Drifting Journey (2013 Artist in Residence in Taipei); Big Bang Wagner (Taipei Arts Festival).

Past productions

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