Franco-German director Ingrid von Wantoch Rekowski was born in Bad Godesberg, Germany, in 1967. After first 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. She has trained under, among others, 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 also works elsewhere in Europe as a guest director at festivals, theatres and opera houses.
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, 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 and 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, was created with Césaré and KNM Berlin in Reims (Reims Scènes d’Europe) and will be revived in 2016 in Marseille (Festival les Musiques/Théâtre la Criée).
Her last creation, Bug, coproduced with the IRCAM (Paris), was presented in June 2017 together with Ars Musica in Brussels and in the Centre National Césaré de Reims.
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 regularly been giving classes at INSAS in Brussels since 2007 and has also worked at various schools for the arts in Europe, including in Aberystwyth, Lausanne, Mons and Zürich.