Most of my work explores the juxtaposition of different artistic disciplines such as theatre, installation or film. In the resulting in-betweens of aesthetics and forms is a tension and a possibility for the spectator to co-create. Coming from classical brecht and stanislavski theatre, I have continuously followed my curiosity to work with film, video, performance and installation. My interest in theatre has nevertheless remained constant. The given social constellations, the norms of which can always be questioned, as well as the duality of audience and stage hold potentials such as loss of control, shifts of power and in the best case plain and genuine encounters for both sides. 

What has shaped the content and form of my work is the questions of how roles are allocated in performative arts: what identifies the observer and the doer? What does it take to shift or evolve from one role to the other? At the start of a working process the roles and rules of audience, actors and the stage are always put to question and their bodies and relations are never seen as an unshakable status quo. Which roles do we act out in the theatre, in our private and our civil life? Which roles are we choosing consciously and which are given to us. 

Another recurring theme in my current work is the thread between dominating narratives in today's media, the western meritocracies, and the (proposed epoch of the) “anthropocene”. How do these narratives impact our perception of the world, ourselves, of what we value, and how do we narrate our own life's story?   

I continuously try to give the process of creating as much emphasis and importance as the outcome itself, through questioning and evolving the forms of communication, team- and working structures and the dialogue between artists and audience.

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STUDIES

2016 - 2021 directing studies at Hochschule für Schauspielkunst Ernst Busch Berlin

2010 - 2014 acting studies at Hochschule für Musik und Theater Rostock / Diploma of Excellence (1,0)

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2020 /  PROTEST4

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winning project of the Regienachwuchswettbewerb 2020 (young stage direction contest) at Theater Erlangen / Vol. IV Umbrüche

documentary devised theatre, 2020, 120min, German and 2020 English

at Theater Erlangen, premiere 12.09.20 / supported by Goethe Institute Chile and Goethe Institute Hongkong

directed by Anastasija Bräuniger

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2020 /  Paradies Hungern 

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filmic reading, 60min, German

at Literaturhaus Berlin, premiere 05.05.20

directed by Anastasija Bräuniger and Justus Rothlaender

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2019 / Landschaft im Sturz 

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interdisciplinary devised theatre, 80min, German

at Bühne Unten Ernst Busch Berlin, premiere 08.12.2019 

directed by: Anastasija Bräuniger

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2019 / Im Schnee / AT

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devised theatre 

at FLUGWERK BERLIN, FLUGWERK ENSEMBLE

directed by Anastasija Bräuniger

with: Judith Florence Ehrhardt, Katharina Leonore Goebel, Linus Lutz Luis Quintana, Figen Türker, Anja Willutzki, Carmen Zehentmeier

text: Luca Calluso

dramaturgy: Justus Rothlaender

stage / costume: Louis Caspar Schmitt and Alesa Mustar

This production was experimenting with collectivity, devising theatre and the form of open rehearsals. Unfortunately the production came to a halt and what felt like a failure, feels like a treasure chest of experience now. Therefore I put it into this timeline. 

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2019 / Film and Theatre Summer Camp

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film and theatre workshops and short films, 3 weeks

in Sour,  Lebanon in cooperation with NGO SWISS4SYRIA

directed by Anastasija Bräuniger

cinematography and film Leonard Frederic Caspari

This project was characterized by intensive process-oriented work on site. The combination of theatre tools and techniques, theatre educational work, gentle forms of theatre therapy up to Psychodrama, as well as the targeted integration of the participants into the artistic process and the transfer of authorship are lead by a social, humanitarian approach. 

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2018 / INTERVIEW

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short film, 8min, Arabic and English

in Sour,  Lebanon in cooperation with NGO SWISS4SYRIA

directed by Anastasija Bräuniger

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AWARDS / NOMINATIONS

2019 Nomination Cinemaway/Кіномаршрут Ukraine

2019 Nomination Global Impact Film Festival Washington

2019 Nomination Rome Independent Prisma Awards

2019 Nomination Small Axe @Tolpuddle Radical Film Festival

2019 Nomination FESTPRO Film Festival Moskow, St. Petersburg

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2018 / CULPAGAN

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 participatory video installation, 15min, German

Theater&Tapas (Schule der Moral) at ehemalige Frauengefängnis Lichterfelde SOEHT 7, Berlin

directed by Anastasija Bräuniger

with: 

text: 

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2017 / Gunger Hames 

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devised theatre, 60min, German

at FLUGWERK und BAT Berlin

directed by Anastasija Bräuniger

with: 

text: 

dramaturgy: Justus Rothlaender

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2016 / CHAMPIONS  

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short film, 8min 

in cooperation with film maker Bahman Ghobadi, in Iraq

directed by Anastasija Bräuniger

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PRESS

jury statement of the 23. Filmfestival Türkei Deutschland: 

"This film (CHAMPIONS) manages to describe with wit the homelessness of a people who have no national team and no national jerseys." /

Picture this Post on CHAMPIONS:

"filmmaker (and artist/actress) Anastasija Bräuniger has given us eight minutes of pure uplift"

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AWARDS / NOMINATIONS

2017 Award Diritto Al Corto Roma

2017 Award: Best Human Rights Bucharest Short Film Festival

2017 1. Prize Golden Wings Award FLYING FILM FESTIVAL

2017 1. Prize Small Axe @Tolpuddle Radical Film Festival

2017 Special Jury Award SHORT to the Point Festival

2017 3. Prize Film Festival Turkey / Germany

2017 Nomination XV Festival de Cine y Derechos Humanos (San Sebastian)

2017 Nomination LET ́S CEE Film Festival

2017 Nomination Whatashort Independent International Film Festival

2017 Nomination CMS International Children’s Film Festival

2017 Nomination World of Women Film Fair Middle East Dubai

2017 Nomination Vision Corte International Short Film Festival Italy

2017 Nomination KINOdiseea International Children Film Festival Romania

2017 Nomination Diversity in Cannes Short Film & Webserie Showcase

2017 Nomination 3rd Wular Lake Integration Short-Film Festival

2017 Nomination Independent Political/Activism Short Film Festival Athens

2017 International Film Festival for children and young people Tirana

2017 Nomination Matera Sport Film Festival Italy

2017 Nomination Smile International Film Festival for Children & Youth New Delhi

2017 Nomination Roma Cinema DOC

2017 Nomination Bucharest ShortCut CineFest

2017 Nomination Kaohsiung Film Festival International Short Film Competition

2017 Nomination Persian Film Festival Sydney

2017 Nomination Student International Film Festival Croatia

2017 Nomination Oslo Independent Film Festival

2017 Nomination Timisoara Refugee Art Film Festival

2017 Nomination Best Director TMC London Film Festival

2017 Nomination Best Screenplay Ouchy Film Awards Lausanne

2017 Nomination Care Film Festival

2017 Nomination The Cump Film Festival Nairobi

2017 Nomination El Ojo Cojo International Film Fest Madrid

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2016 / a vast country 

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interdisciplinary exhibition

in Complex23 Heilbronn

concept and drawings, paintings, photography by Anastasija Bräuniger

with texts by Eva Bormann

music: Katharina Leonore Goebel und Yahia Daghestani

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PRESS

Heilbronner Stimme on a vast country:

"Anastasija Bräuniger (1988) loves these little moments that herald intimacy, precisely because one should not expect this intimacy in these non-places. 

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2016 / FLUCHTPUNKT BERLINER PLATZ 

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participatory installation, durational piece 

atTheater Heilbronn 

concept and directed by Anastasija Bräuniger

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PRESS

Heilbronner Stimme on FLUCHTPUNKT BERLINER PLATZ

""Yes, this vanishing point, Berliner Platz, is quite something. This terrible narrowness, this being at the mercy of others, the speechlessness, each participant is consistently addressed here in English and bureaucratic, this consistent not-looking into the eyes of the officials.

"Es ist ein sehr stimmiges, emotionales Stimmungsbild entstanden." Annette Walter, Diakonie

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2015 / 

YOLO

oder ich will keinen oktopus über die bühne robben sehen

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devised theatre

at Theater Heilbronn

with and directed by: Katharina Leonore Goebel and Anastasija Bräuniger

text by: David Heering and Eva Bormann,

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