Chris Dercon

 

Artistic Director of the Volksbühne Berlin

 

It was the theatre debate of the year: in August 2017, Belgian native Chris Dercon was appointed artistic director of the Volksbühne Berlin after 25 years of Frank Castorf. Before that, Dercon was director of PS1 in New York, Haus der Kunst in Munich and, from 2011 to 2016, the Tate Modern in London. During that time, he also oversaw the opening of the Tate’s new extension by Herzog & de Meuron. A museum man as director of one of the most important theatres in Germany, and for his critics, the embodiment of a globalised cultural jet-set. “We are a new kind of hybrid,” Dercon said about his appointment to the Volksbühne. Perhaps it is through experimental forms of production that blur the boundaries between genres that will reveal what the theatre of the future must be if it wants to remain relevant.