Anta Helena Recke

Direction

Anta Helena Recke, was born and grew up in Munich, worked at the Berlin GRIPS Theatre in the field of theatre education before starting drama studies at the University of Hildesheim in 2011, and later worked as a permanent director’s assistant at the Münchner Kammerspiele from the 2015/16 to the 2016/17 season. During her studies, she developed various transdisciplinary performances and curatorial projects in the area of music. She gained work experience with Franziska Steiof (GRIPS) and Ari Benjamin Meyers (HAU), and worked as a performer and director/choreographer’s assistant on the independent scene with Gintersdorfer/Klaßen, Ana Borralho & João Galante and Turbo Pascal. In her time as an assistant director at the Kammerspiele, she collaborated with Alexander Giesche, Anna-Sophie Mahler, Philippe Quesne, Nicolas Stemann, David Marton, Amir Reza Koohestani and Susanne Kennedy. Within her web performance cycle “work song series” (www.worksongseries.net), she developed the 24-hour performances “GANGSTERS PARADISE” and “WATERFALLS”. Her works ­– conceptual art in the form of theatrical performances – deal with the marking and non-repetition of normativity and the question of how to construct a spatial experience for the audience that it would not otherwise enter. Her production, “Lovepiece”, which she developed during the treibstoff Theatertage in Basel in 2015, was invited to the Auawirleben-Festival in Bern, Ballhaus Ost in Berlin and the Münchner Kammerspiele.

In the 2017/18 season, in the style of appropriation art with a cast of black actors, Anta Helena Recke will re-direct the play “Mittelreich which was originally staged by Anna-Sophie Mahler and invited to the Berlin Theatertreffen 2016.