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Hans-Christian Hasselmann

Österreich / Wien

I was born in Dortmund in 1992 and grew up in Switzerland. I later assisted at the St. Gallen Opera, the Winkelwiese Zurich, the Basel Theatre and the Zurich Schauspielhaus, where I worked with Karin Henkel, Bastian Kraft, Daniela Löffner and Werner Düggelin, among others.

I then studied directing at the Max Reinhardt Seminar in Vienna and am about to complete a part-time Master Artistic Research programme at the Toneelacademie Maastricht in Holland. In 2015 I joined the East Swiss collective "Panoptikum". Together they created the performative hotel occupation Checkpoint Säntis and in 2019, in artistic direction, the cross-disciplinary large-scale project "The Blissful Life".

In my search for new, progressive narrative forms, my work is about bringing theatre to the people and out into the city, in which public spaces are theatrically alienated and social discourses are playfully sensualised. As an artistic researcher, I have been doing research on the topic of "Memory & Emptiness" for several years.

In 2021, together with five other artists, I founded the production studio LOT, which I now head as managing director.

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