Marthaler Direction

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Born in Erlenbach near Zurich, Christoph Marthaler worked as a theatre musician in the 1970s and 80s. From 1988 to 1993 he worked continuously at the Theater Basel and began directing himself. With 'Murx the European! Murx him! Murx him! Murx him! Murx him off!' (Berlin, 1993) his novel theatre language became known on German stages. Numerous productions followed at the Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz, the Deutsches Schauspielhaus in Hamburg, at the Wiener Festwochen and repeatedly at the Theater Basel. From 2000 to 2004, Marthaler was artistic director of the Schauspielhaus Zurich, which was twice voted Theatre of the Year during this time. In 2010 he was artiste associé (together with Olivier Cadiot) at the Festival D'Avignon, and from 2018 to 2020 he will hold the same position at the Ruhrtriennale. Numerous of his productions have been invited to the Berliner Theatertreffen. Marthaler's opera productions have been seen in Paris, Zurich, Hamburg, Frankfurt, Madrid and at the Salzburg Festival and Bayreuth Festival, among others. In 2015, Christoph Marthaler was awarded the Golden Lion of the theatre section of the Venice Biennale for his life's work. In 2017 he received the Zurich Art Prize, and in 2018 the prestigious International Ibsen Prize. At Theater Basel, Marthaler's most recent productions include 'Isoldes Abendbrot' (2015), 'Der letzte Pfiff - ein Drehschwindel' (2022) and 'Der Freischütz' (2022), and in the 23/24 season he is devoting himself to Monteverdi's 'L'incoronazione di Poppea'.