Internationally renowned cultural manager and dance expert Bettina Masuch has been the artistic director of tanzhaus nrw since 2014. She was one of those 48 people (14 women and 34 men) from seven countries who has applied for artistic direction Pölten.
Masuch: “Challenge and matter close to the heart”
“Taking the artistic direction of the Festspielhaus St. Pölten is a challenge and an issue close to my heart,” Masuch said in her presentation Friday morning at Pölten. “The Festspielhaus is an excellent venue for dance and an internationally important co-production partner for contemporary dance and ballet. Under its home it houses the Tonkünstler Orchestra as a resident orchestra and thus offers a unique opportunity to artistically combine the art forms of dance and music. “
We are proud to have acquired an extraordinary cultural manager at Bettina Masuch, “who will make an important contribution to the profile of the house through her excellent industry knowledge. The highly regarded dance specialist will further strengthen Festspielhaus’ position as Austria’s largest house and co-production for contemporary dance internationally and move Lower Austria to the center of dance, “said Paul Gessl, Managing Director of the Lower Austrian Culture Industry this morning Friday at the presentation in the state capital.
Thomas Gludovatz, managing director of the Lower Austrian cultural scene, added: “This line sets trends for the Festspielhaus St. Pölten. The fact that Bettina Masuch, the main character of the European dance scene, is moving to Lower Austria shows the huge importance that the Festspielhaus St. Pölten is now enjoying it. “
Dramaturge with international experience
Bettina Masuch studied theater studies in Gießen (Germany). After working as a dramaturge in the Kaaitheater in Brussels and in the Jena Theatrehaus, he moved to the Volksbühne for Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz in Berlin in 1998 and worked there as a dramaturg for productions by Frank Castorf, Christoph Schlingensief and René Pollesch.
In 2002/03 she produced a dramaturge for choreographer Meg Stuart in the Schauspielhaus Zürich. Between 2003 and 2008 he worked as a dance curator for the Berlin Theater Hebbel am Ufer (HAU). Until 2008 he was a member of the artistic direction of the “Tanz im August” dance festival in Berlin. As artistic director, he designed the Springdance Festival in Utrecht between 2009 and 2013. Since January 2014 Masuch has been the artistic director of tanzhaus nrw in Düsseldorf, awarded the “Federal Theater Award” in 2017. She is the editor and author of various specialist publications and he teaches at national and international universities.
“I see the Festspielhaus as a place between tradition and the present, with a heart for the contemporary and cross-border cannon, a breeding ground for artistic creation and a fruitful and busy oasis for artists and visitors,” Masuch said at the conference press on Friday. A place that combines the encounter with dance and music, time-beaten art in charge of the heritage. “
She is looking forward to “creating an impressive, controversial, original, interdisciplinary and sometimes bold program for the Festspielhaus St. Pölten. A program that appeals to a diverse and wide audience and sees itself as part of the social life of the city of St Pölten in its international offering. “
Fürle expires after nine years
Brigitte Fürle has been the Artistic Director of the Festspielhaus St. Pölten since 2013/14. In January 2020, she announced that she would not extend her contract, which lasted until 2022. Work at the Festspielhaus was her “biggest challenge to date”. After “nine program seasons designed by me, my contract ends with the 25th anniversary of the founding of Festspielhaus St. Pölten, ”says Fürle – more about this in Fürle leaves the Festspielhaus 2022 (noe.ORF.at; January 30, 2020).
“At the end of her service, she will be the long-standing artistic director,” the house announced. Fürle took control of the Festspielhaus in June 2013 by Joachim Schloemer. Prior to that, he was artistic director at the Berliner Festspiele for six years.