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Michael Simon

Art Projects and Theater  



 Since the beginning of his work as theatre artist Michael Simon carried out several In- and Outdoor art projects:


 THE NEW GREENLAND Project ongoing since November 2019 in the Mojave Desert, USA


 Golden Data Gate in the Swiss Alps proposed 2019 not realized   


Architectural Intervention at Reggio Emilia 1989



Landscape Theater Installation Weimar 1995   


Newtons Kitchen Indoor Installation for Vienna Festwochen 1992


Michael Simon is a german artist, stage designer and director for dance, drama and opera. His designs have been seen all over the world from Australia to Canada and the US, from Japan to China and throughout Europe. He has worked for many years with the choreographers Jiri Kylian and William Forsythe . His working relationship as stage designer with Pierre Audi, director of the Amsterdam Opera started in 1990 with Monteverdi's Il Ritorno d'Ulisse in Patria  and continued until 2011 with the production of the two Iphigenie operas by Gluck. Amongst other designs the most important were Writing to Vermeer, directed by Peter Greenaway and Saskia Boddecke in the Amsterdam opera, Wozzeck at the Brussels opera, directed by David Freemann, Claudel's drama Tête d'or directed by Anne Delbee at Comédie Française, Paris, in the last years he expanded his work to China forThe Peony Pavilion, and Dunhuang, the light of heart, 2 ballets with choreography by Fei Bo for the National Ballet of China, Beijing. King Lear and Hamlet directed by Li Liuyi at NCPA Beijing, China link:  National Center for Performing Arts 

Michael Simon started directing his own projects with Newtons Casino (1990), Roman Dogs (1991) - together with composer Heiner Goebbels - for Theater am Turm in Frankfurt and produced two Ballets for the Bayrischische Staatsoper In the country of last things 2006 an Der Gelbe Klang in 2014.  He directed his first opera 1993 in Basel: Die Menschen, followed by Fliegender Holländer in Darmstadt and Moses and Aron in Bremen. At the Bonn opera he directed several contemporary operas between 1998 and 2002. He staged the world premiere of L espace dernier by Matthias Pintscher 2004 at the Paris Opera Bastille. Since his debut as drama director with Black Rider  1994 in Dortmund he has been invited to theaters like Schaubühne Berlin, Volksbühne Berlin, Burgtheater Wien, Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus, Residenztheater München. Since 2005 he directed several plays by Elfriede Jelinek and Peter Handke in Karlsruhe, Freiburg, Graz and the latest in Dortmund: Das Schweigende Mädchen. Michael Simon has been teaching stage and lighting design 1998 to 2004 as Professor at HfG Karlsruhe and since 2008 at ZHdK Zurich