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Susanne Kennedy is one of the 2017 recipients of the Europe Prize Theatrical Realities

Susanne Kennedy (c) Franziska Sinn

Susanne Kennedy – member of the Volksbühne Berlin’s programming committee and associated director since the 2017/18 season – is one of the recipients of the Europe Prize Theatrical Realities for 2017. The prize honours artists or theaters that have contributed to European theatre with their original and innovative methods. The other recipients this year are Jernei Lorenci, Yael Ronen, Alessandro Sciarroni and Kirill Serebrennikov, as well as the Theatre NO99. French actress Isabelle Huppert and British actor Jeremy Irons will receive the XVI Europe Theatre Prize.

In her work, Susanne Kennedy “explores the link between theatre and other forms of art”, according to a statement released by the office of the Europe Theater Prize. She “is able to make actors, words and ideas move and intertwine in her works which are performed in spaces that are at times stages and visual art installations”.

Chris Dercon (Director) and Marietta Piekenbrock (Programme Director) wish to congratulate Kennedy on behalf of the whole Volksbühne team: “Susanne Kennedy is one of the most original voices of her generation. Her theatre is like a greeting from the future. It welcomes the audience into an artificial and simultaneously hyperreal world. We’re looking forward to the upcoming premiere of Women In Trouble on 30 November and the years of collaboration on Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz to come”.

Susanne Kennedy, born 1977 in Friedrichshafen, was named young director of the year by the Theater heute trade journal and awarded the 3sat prize for her 2013 production of Marieluise Fleisser’s first play Fegefeuer in Ingolstadt (Purgatory in Ingolstadt). For both that staging and her production of Warum läuft Herr R. Amok? (Why Does Herr R. Run Amok?), based on the film by Rainer Werner Fassbinder and Michael Fengler – Kennedy was invited to the Theatertreffen festival in Berlin in 2014 and 2015, respectively. In cooperation with the Ruhrtriennale, her music-theater parcours Orfeo was produced in 2015 and, together with Markus Selg, she created a multi-media piece titled MEDEA.MATRIX in 2016 with Birgit Minichmayr in the lead role. At the Munich Kammerspiele she recently directed Die Selbstmord-Schwestern - The Virgin Suicides based on motifs in the novel by Jeffrey Eugenides. The production was co-produced with the Volksbühne Berlin, where it will be part of the repertoire beginning in the spring of 2018. Kennedy is also staging the episodic drama Women in Trouble for the Volksbühne’s 2017/18 season opening programme.

Rome will host the XVI Europe Theatre Prize with a series of performances, readings and workshops from 12 - 17 December – in collaboration with the Association Internationale des Critiques de Théâtre, the International Theatre Institute UNESCO, the European Festival Association and the Union of the Académies et des Écoles de Théâtre de l'Europe (UTSA).

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