Franco-German director Ingrid von Wantoch Rekowski was born in Bad Godesberg, Germany, in 1967. After initially studying piano, dance and painting in the United States, she embarked on her directing career at INSAS (Institut National Supérieur des Arts et Spectacles) in Brussels, training under the likes of Eugenio Barba, Bob Wilson, Georges Aperghis, Trisha Brown, Alexei Levinski, Dario Fo and Anatoli Vassiliev.
From her very first show, In The Woods One Evening, in 1994, featuring music by Aperghis, Buckinx, Berberian, Deak, Dzuibak and Lachert, she has established a singular language suffused with the logics of the stage, music, visual arts and literature. This is an approach she has taken further with her company, Lucilia Caesar, which she founded in Brussels in the same year.
She has since been invited to several festivals, theatres and opera houses in Europe as a guest director.
A-Ronne II by Berio in 1996 brought her national and international recognition, followed by, among others, Cena Furiosa (1999), madrigals by Monteverdi at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence; Lohengrin (2001) by Sciarrino at the Berlin Biennale; In H-Moll (2001) based on Bach’s B minor mass, performed notably at the Festival Musica Strasbourg and Wiener Festwochen; La Vergine Dei Dolor (2003), an oratorio by Scarlatti at the Teatro di San Carlo in Naples and Brussels; Le Tango des Centaures (2005) based on Ovid’s Metamorphoses, written by Pascal Quignard and composed by Kris Defoort; Mondschatten (2006) a chamber opera by Younghi Pagh-Paan at the Oper Stuttgart; Lapsit exillis(2009) based on the Arthurian legends; Raphaël, les sirènes et le poulet (2011), based on famous duets, at the Théâtre National in Brussels, as well as numerous performances and videos; Le Stéréoscope des Solitaires, a sound journey with Ana Maria Rodriguez based on Juan Rodolfo Wilcock’s work The Stereoscope of Solitary Beings, created with the Centre National Césaré and KNM Berlin in Reims (Reims Scènes d’Europe) and then revived in 2016 in Marseille (Festival les Musiques/Théâtre la Criée); and Bug, coproduced with IRCAM (Paris), presented in June 2017 during Ars Musica in Brussels and at the Centre National Césaré in Reims. Her latest creation, Faux depart, premiered in a “flash” version on the Esplanade Solidarność 1980 in Brussels before being performed in September 2018 at the ”Court Toujours “ festival of the CDN in Thionville and in March 2019 at the Théâtre National in Brussels. This show is also to be staged at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2020.
Today these works make up a repertoire with regular revivals.
Ingrid von Wantoch Rekowski regularly collaborates with leading artists such as the composers Qu Xiao-Song, Salvatore Sciarrino, Kris Defoort and Younghi Pagh-Paan, the conductors Marc Minkowski, Beat Furrer, Konrad Junghänel and Rinaldo Alessandrini, and writers such as Pascal Quignard.
She was associate artist at the Théâtre National in Brussels from 2005 to 2011.
She has also given classes at INSAS in Brussels regularly since 2007 and worked at various schools for the arts in Europe, including in Aberystwyth, Lausanne, Mons and Zürich.
Ingrid von Wantoch Rekowski is preparing a new creation, Miserere, based on the eponymous masterpiece by Jan Dislas Zelenka. As with A-Ronne, In H-Moll and Faux départ, for the director it is less about telling a story than immersing the audience in a singular universe that challenges them, touches them and moves them deeply.