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David Weber-Krebs

Foto: David Weber Krebs

David Weber-Krebs is a theatre director, a film- and video-maker, as well as a performer. His work varies between intimate theatre performances and performances for stage crowds, between lectures, events for a single spectator in the public space, and films and videos. The exploration of various contexts lies at the heart of his experimental process, which questions the traditional relationship between work of art and its public. He creates situations engaging the spectator in a complex game between getting absorbed or merging with an art piece, and keeping a critical distance towards it. Be it by staging actors (ex. into the big world), a donkey (Balthazar), a minimalist sculpture (Performance, Robert Morris revisited) or a public space (Miniature), the form is reduced to its simplest expression. His stagings become a projection screen, inviting the spectator into a mode of active contemplation where meaning is not given but produced by the spectator.

His work has been produced and shown in theatres, art spaces, cultural centers and festivals including Frascati (Amsterdam), De Appel (Amsterdam), Mousonturm (Frankfurt), Sophiensaele (Berlin), Arnolfini (Bristol), De Singel (Antwerp), Tseh Dance (Moscow), Steirischer Herbst (Graz), La Villette (Paris), Panorama Festival (Rio de Janeiro), Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg Platz (Berlin), Kampnagel (Hamburg), Stuk Kunstencentrum (Leuven) and Weltkulturen Museum (Frankfurt) …

David is collaborating on the project Miniature with Alexander Schellow since 2005 and on the project Catalog of Situations with Jan-Philipp Possmann since 2007.
David is teaching concept development at the Amsterdam School of the Arts and leading an art studio at KASK (Gent).