Sarah Derendinger, Video
Sarah Derendinger, born in Lucerne (Switzerland), studied
at Berne’s Hochschule für Gestaltung 1981-1985, where se was graduated with a Diploma for Photography. Two further studies brought her to Amsterdam’s Theaterschool AHK, where se was educated in Modern Dance 1985-87, and to Basle’s Hochschule für Gestaltung 1988-1993, where she finished her studies in Audiovisual Arts with another Diploma. A third Diploma acknowledged her participation in Ekran+, Warsaw’s European Studies for Movie Directors, in 2007-08.
Sarah Derendinger has been a freelance director, author and video-artist since 1993. She is participating in international movie festivals regularly. At Nyon’s Vision du réel she was awarded with the PRIX CINEMA SWISS 2009 for her movie Familientreffen (Family Meeting). As a director Sarah Derendinger creates and realizes new television formats for Switzerland’s SRF and for Germany’s 3 Sat, Arte und ZDF as well.
Sarah Derendinger presents her video installations in expositions, public spaces, theatres and festivals. Theatertreffen Berlin, Schillertage Mannheim, Zurich’s Opera and Drama Theatre, Basle Theater, Basle’s Gare du Nord, Chur Theater, Nuremberg’s Staatstheater, Belfast’s Grand Opera House, London’s English National Opera, the Opéra de Paris und Berlin’s Komische Oper were amongst the places presenting her artistic work.
Calixto Bieito, whom she first collaborated with for Zimmermann’s Die Soldaten in Zurich 2013, is central for her theatrical work. Reimann’s Lear in Paris, Halevy’s La Juive in Munich und Prokoviev’s The Fiery Angel, once again in Zurich, were to follow. Sarah Berendinger, however, created video installations for other directors and composers as well, amongst them Jossi Wieler, Jürgen Flimm, Joachim Schlömer, Karin Beier und Heiner Goebbels.
The current season has been highlighted by her biggest success in partnership with Calixto Bieito. For Bilbao’s Teatro Arriaga they produced Bernardo Atxaga’s drama Obabakoak. Sarah Derendinger’s videodesign was awarded with the Premis de la critica 2017.
The season will be terminated with her third work for Zurich’s opera, once again in close partnership with Calixto Bieito’s direction and Rebecca Ringst’s set design. Monteverdis L’incoronazione di Poppea is scheduled in June. The same „winning team“ has had a major success at London’s ENO, where they staged Verdi’s La forza del destino (The Force of Destiny). A transatlantic co-production, it will have its American premiere in Toronto 2021.