Robert Lehniger (b. 1974 in Weimar) studied visual communication and media design (experimental television) in Weimar, and since then he has been working as a director and video artist. In his film works, stage productions, video installations, and transmedia projects he explores the interface between theater and digital media, and he plays with the forms of media narration in real space and on the internet. His works are based on novels, films, plays, and play developments, and are being performed at the following theaters and opera houses in Germany, Austria and Switzerland: Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus; Deutsches Theater Berlin; Schauspielhaus Zürich; Schauspiel Frankfurt; Münchner Kammerspiele; Volksbühne Berlin; Burgtheater Wien; Residenztheater München; Theater Neumarkt in Zurich; Theater Bremen; Staatsschauspiel Dresden; and Deutsche Oper Berlin. The production in Dresden of Rainer Werner Fassbinder´s “Katzelmacher“ was invited in 2015 to the Theatertreffen der Jugend in Berlin.
Some “NEW Return” results faster and more unexpected than expected. Due to the ubiquitous effects of the Corona Pandemic, the Munich Biennale 2020 will for the first time become a dynamic festival. Premieres that cannot be released in Munich in May 2020 due to the pandemic will be premiered elsewhere, or in Munich at a different time.
The Munich Biennale will not stream performance-replacement pieces. It will not go online as a whole. The Internet is used primarily to provide impulses for later, physically real performance situations. We assume that many of the productions planned for the 2020 Biennial will see the light of day over the next eighteen months. The theme and spirit are to take place in the “Salon of Wonder and Views” as a unifying element over a longer period of time in various locations in a pointed manner.
In all existential crises, the arts have been a (co)decisive moment of renewal, of rethinking, of reflection, of departure, of conversion, of NEW Return, for each individual as well as for the community. Thus the dynamic Munich Biennale 2020/2021 is, with its motto “Point of NEW Return”, a metaphor for the necessary flexible handling of our present and a model for mobility, topicality and relevance of the arts.