Frank Castorf

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Frank Castorf
Born 17 July 1951
East Berlin, East Germany
Nationality German
Occupation Theatre Director

Frank Castorf (born 17 July 1951 in East Berlin) is a German theater director and since 1992 the artistic director of the Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz.[1] His work is often associated with postdramatic theatre.

Life[edit]

Early Years[edit]

Castorf's father was an ironmonger.[1] Frank Castorf successfully completed his schooling in 1969/70, entering a training for railwaywork.[1] Between 1970 and 1972 he undertook military service with the army's National Border Force.[1]

He then, between 1971 and 1976, attended the Humboldt University of Berlin, studying theatrology. His teachers included Ernst Schumacher, Rudolf Münz and Joachim Fiebach.[2] His diploma dissertation, which was formally commended,[2] was entitled "Ground rules for the 'development' of Ionesco's global ideological perspective and artistic-aesthetic position".[3] He made numerous culturally focused visits to Poland during this period.[1]

In 2013, he directed a "deliberately incoherent" production of the Ring Cycle at the Bayreuth Wagner Festival, which was booed by the audience.[4][5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Helmut Müller-Enbergs; Aune Renk. "Castorf, Frank * 17.7.1951: Regisseur, Intendant der Volksbühne Berlin". Bundesstiftung zur Aufarbeitung der SED-Diktatur: Biographische Datenbanken. Retrieved 18 November 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Jörg Wagner und Heike Zappe. "„Das hatte etwas Verwunschenes, Dornröschenmäßiges"" (in German). Retrieved 2012-11-03. 
  3. ^ „Grundlinien der ‚Entwicklung‘ der weltanschaulich-ideologischen und künstlerisch-ästhetischen Positionen Ionescos zur Wirklichkeit".
  4. ^ http://www.theguardian.com/music/musicblog/2013/aug/02/frank-castorf-bayreuth-ring-cycle
  5. ^ http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/02/arts/music/at-bayreuth-boos-and-dropped-jaws.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

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