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Fred Pommerehn

Fred Pommerehn was born in Madison Indiana, USA in 1964. He studied at the North Carolina School of the Arts from 1982 to 1986; graduating as a scholarship student with honors and the degree: Bachelor of Fine Arts. In 1987 he moved to Berlin where he is still living. From 1987-1990 he worked as an assistant at the Schiller Theater, Berlin. Since 1990 he has been working as a freelance artist and designer creating installations and scenic installations, sets, lights and costumes for theaters, festivals, events, dance theater, music productions and projects in cultural education. He has worked extensively throughout Europe and occasionally his work has taken him as far as Asia and North America.

His work is constructed primarily from found objects and common every day material. His main interests are, the effects of natural and artificial light and their interaction with the installation. His preference for site-specific settings allow access to the work in an informal even coincidental way. His work has in many cases a direct relationship to the community in which he lives and works. He prefers to be in a close dialog with the environment around him and therefore has chosen often to work with other members of the society such as non artistic professionals, school children, young adults and persons in extreme situations such as political refugees, prisoners and persons with physical or mental disabilities.

He has collaborated with artists from all over Europe, designing and directing installation-performance-events.

Past Artistic Highlights

In November 2012 together with Carlos Manuel a restageing of the acclaimed production Warum kommen die Dinge Durcheinander (Berlin 2007) was created in Swedish at the state theater in Uppsala Sweden. The project Var Blir det Rörigt is based on translating the scientific and philosophical works of the American thinker Gregory Bateson for children.

In May 2012 he collaborated for the first time with director Andy Manley, creator of the multi-award winning "White", a show for 2-4 year olds. The new project Mikey and Addie is for young people (age 9+) and was a part of the Cultural Olympiad / London 2012 Festival. The show opened at the Imaginate Festival Edinburgh Scotland and was produced by the Macrobert Arts Centre, Stirling, Scotland.

In the spring of 2011 he has created a massive installation "Papierwald" for the World Wildlife Foundation (WWF) on the steps of the Berlin concert house (Gendarmenmarkt). The installation which consisted of 23 paper trees 4m to 6m high was composed entirely of throw away commonly used paper products such as pizza boxes and coffee cups. It was commissioned to attract attention to the very extensive use of paper in Germany, as part of the WWF campaign "Deutschland wird Wald.Meister 2011" (Germany will be the forest World champion 2011)

Since 2005 he has worked regularly for the Theater an der Parkaue Berlin. Productions include: Der Freischütz (2005), Die Verwandlung (2006), Warum kommen die Dinge Durcheinander (2007), Der Sohn des Chao ( 2008 ), Kopf oder Zahl (2009) and Risiko (2009), Die Brüder Löwenherz (2010) and Der Sandmann (2011).

Since 2007 he has regularly collaborated with the Irish choreographer Marguerite Donlon at the Saarländisches Staatstheater. Recent projects include: Footprints (2010) Geheimnis der Unsterblichkeit (2011) Blue Creation 29 (2011) Liebe in Schwarz-Weiss (2013).

Since 2002 he has regularly created light and object installations in the St. Egidien Church Nürnberg. The works where created for the most part as visual accompany for classical music concerts such as J.S. Bach's Messe in H-Moll and Brahms' Deutsches Requiem.

From 2004 - 2008 he has created light and object installation events for open air classical music concerts every summer in the Sanssoucie Park for the Muskfestspiele Potsdam, Sanssouci.

In 2005-2006 he created and directed together with the French composer Francois Sahran Les Articulations de la Reine, a grotesque chamber opera for animated objects. Opening at the Festival Archipel in Geneva in March 2005 and also playing in Paris, Nancy and Metz. In January 2006 a German version of the production Die Häutungen der Königin was opened in Berlin at the Spielzeit Europa, Berliner Festwochen and played also in Saarbrücken at the Festival Perspectives.

In 2003 he created Galets de Plage / Das Strandgeröll', a site specific installation for the reopening of the Historical city channel in Potsdam.

Highlights of contemporary Music theater production for the März Music Festival and Ultraschall Festival in Berlin include, Cantio, Vykintas Baltakas (2013), St. Jago, Dieter Schenbel (2005), An Sich Bilder und Stille, Roland Pfrengle (2003), Michaels Jugend aus Donnerstag aus Licht, Karl-Heinz Stockhausen (2002), Lohengrin, Salvatore Sciarrino (2001).

In 2002 he was artist in residence in Rouen, France at the Octobre en Normandie Festival where he created his largest installation to date, Le Grand Grwth, 150 meters by 20meters of found materials.

2002 he co directed and designed Einstein for Aliens with the American performance artist David Moss. A one-man new music musical for the Muziek Theater Transparant Antwerpen, Belgium and the Hebbel Theater Berlin. Also playing at the Minard Theater, Gent, Cultural Capital Europe Brügge, Cutting Edge Festival Darmstadt, Traf, o' Theater Budapest.

In 1998 he founded the group Urban Dialogues, which he directed until 2000.

He created between 1993 and 1997 together with Arnold Dreyblatt the Memory Arena an interactive installation involving 600-invited reading guest. Presented at: Kampnagel Hamburg, Spielart Festival in Marstall, München, and in Arken Museum, Copenhagen as the largest German contribution to the European Culture Capital. His first collaboration with Arnold Dryblatt was the hypertext opera WHO'S WHO IN CENTRAL AND EASTERN EUROPE 1933. It was recreated many times from 1991 to 1997 each time restructured with a new cast and in the language of the hosting festival. The opera consisted of biographical fractions of information taked from the Hypertext data base Dreyblatt had created from a Book he had found with the same title.

Some examples of work in the area of cultural education and social community building

Since 2011 he has been teaching Lighting Design at the Fachhochschule in Osnabrück, Department for event management.

Since 2002 he has worked together with Carlos Manuel and Hartmut Schaffrin building the Jugendtheaterwerkstatt Spandau. The JTW is a nonprofessional ensemble consisting of persons from all walks of life and age. The JTW has a prestigious reputation as one of the best amateur theater companies in Germany. In September 2002 its production of Peer Gynt was included as the first amateur ensemble ever in the festival Spielzeit Europa in Berlin. Two recent productions are Brothers Karamazov from Dostojevski (2007) and America from Kafka (2009). Both had runs at the Theater an der Parkaue. In September 2012 the JTW's newest production Berlin Alexanderplatz from Döblin opened the JTW's new theater space. Berlin Alexanderplatz will also play at the Theater an der Parkaue in April 2013.

His interest in using art and culture as vehicles for learning have inspired a series of projects based on introducing philosophical works to young children. In the fall of 2011 he realized together with Julia Schreiner and Rudi Keiler Gómez de Mello, Die Wittgensteinkinder. Plans are underway to continue this work and collaboration in 2013/2014 with a new project Nietzsche Next Generation.

Since 2005 his activities in cultural education include an intensive relationship with the JugendKunst- und KulturHaus Schesische 27, Berlin.

His work has also been produced or invited to festivals throughout Europe and abroad, including: Wiener Festwochen, Inventionen Festival Berlin, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Goethe Institut, Icebreaker Amsterdam, Hellerau Dresden, Züricher Theaterspektakel, Kryptonale Berlin, ZKM Karlsruhe, Opera Leipzig, Expo 2000 Hannover, Akademie der Künste Berlin, New Arts Seoul, Nachtbogen Festival Berlin, o zwei Gallery Berlin, Musikfestival Brussel, Musica Strasbourg, Huttersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Nanterre Aman Piers / T+M Paris, Budapest Fall Festival, Dnes A Tady Festival Prague, Arsenal Metz, Festival Perspectives Saarbrücken, Altstadt Herbstfestival Düsseldorf, Spielzeit Europa Berlin, Berliner Festwochen, Bayerisches Staatsschauspiel München, Saarländisches Staatstheater, ASSITEJ Festival Copenhagen Denmark, Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe, Theater Trier, Stadttheater Giesse, Theater Rudolstadt, Mecklenburgisches Staatstheater Schwerin, State theater Uppsala Sweden, Imago die Krems Austria, Wittener tage für Neue Kammer Musik, Rialto theater Cyprus, Deutsches Schauspielhaus Hamburg, Cultural Olympiad / London Festival, Macrobert Arts Centre, Stirling, Scotland, Imaginate Festival Edinburgh, Scotland.

For his work he has been honored with the following awards:

Put on the Top ten U.S. designers list 1990, Theater Crafts International Ny, Ny, USA.

AS Rose price for outstanding artistic achievement for his design for
"Die Gelehrtenrepublik" Marstall Munich 1999.

Nominated as up and coming artist of the year by the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung for his design for "Der Freischütz" at the Parkaue Theater in Berlin.
(Theaterheute, Jahrbuch 2006)

Nominated (first round) for the prestigious German theater award Faust In the category Scenographie for his design of Gilgameschat the Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe.

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